Aaron Rodgers: Deflated footballs a 'disadvantage' for me

Aaron Rodgers doesn't like throwing deflated footballs. (Getty Images)

While the NFL world is concentrated on the Patriots reportedly deflating footballs during the AFC Championship Game -- and possibly during their Week 11 contest against the Colts as well -- Aaron Rodgers has weighed on in the opposite end of the spectrum. He likes to throw footballs that are inflated above the maximum allowed amount.

Rodgers believes he is in the minority on that front, though. Most quarterbacks like to throw deflated footballs. "The majority of quarterbacks, I would say more than half, are maybe on the other end of the spectrum and like it on the flatter side," Rodgers said. "My belief is that there should be a minimum air-pressure requirement but not a maximum. There's no advantage, in my opinion -- we're not kicking the football -- there's no advantage in having a pumped-up football."

Rodgers also said of the balls the Packers provide to officials for game use, "Every game they're taking air out of the footballs I'm throwing, and I think that's a disadvantage for the way that I like them prepped."

The NFL used to use brand new footballs for each game, but as Rodgers said on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show, "The majority of people don't like throwing brand-new footballs, and that's why the change was made and Peyton (Manning) was big on helping all the quarterbacks out with that. But if they're going to let us prep them the way we want them, I don't believe they should be able to take air out of the footballs."

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