Mason Rudolph on “defective” football: It was a freaky deal


After looking into a report that a deflated football was used for one play by Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in last Thursday’s game against the Eagles, the NFL issued a statement saying the ball was “defective” and returned to Wilson for review.

Rudolph used the ball to try a pass to wide receiver Damoun Patterson that fell incomplete. Rudolph said he realized right away that something wasn’t right about the football.

“I did,” Rudolph said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I got the snap and the thing was flat to where it would not be an advantage. That was the weirdest thing. They took it out. It was kind of a freaky deal. … It was one of those balls that was in your grandfather’s garage for a few years. It was pretty flat. It was a bad deal.”

Rudolph was 7-of-11 for 101 yards while using other footballs during his first NFL game action.

27 responses to “Mason Rudolph on “defective” football: It was a freaky deal

  1. I’m just glad the NFL and news outlets like ESPN made sure to not let a bunch erroneous information get out, and STAY OUT. Real crack staff at both of those fine institutions.

  2. mm556 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Surely the center would’ve noticed pre-snap and spoken to the refs?

    and surely the ref should have noticed when they checked and recorded the psi levels pregame, and definitely should have noticed when he placed the ball pre snap, right?

  3. sheetolay says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:50 am
    so that settles that…he said an underinflated ball IS an advantage.
    Yup, completely settles it……we can all sleep better know knowing that it’s ONLY an advantage for the Patriots, because since the deflategate issue & PSI has been closely Monitored the Pats have been horrible…. I mean they’ve only played in 3 Superbowls since then & won 2 of them with regulation PSI…..YUP , it’s SETTLED!!!
    & I was hoping I’d get to see grown men cry on BSPN again explaining how unfair it is that the STEELERS have been caught TWICE & nothing done about it!!! LOL!!!
    Hey, just out of curiosity, why didn’t the LEAGUE PUBLISH THAT ENTIRE YEARS FINDINGS & give us all the TRANSPARENCY it PROMISED???!!
    I’ll give you 10 guesses but I bet it will only take 1…. that is if you understand 8th grade science!!!??!!!

  4. “sheetolay says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:50 am

    so that settles that…he said an underinflated ball IS an advantage.”

    We knew that, genius.

  5. Steelers were already caught doing it against the Giants and miraculously were let off the hook and they will be for this one as well. The football was not defective and this was a warm weather game someone told the ball boys to let air out and knowing the Steelers it was probably Tomlin.

  6. The Dolphins will regret passing in the 2018 NFL Draft on Rudolph. He’s gonna be a long term keeper.

  7. mm556 says:
    August 12, 2018 at 11:39 am
    Surely the center would’ve noticed pre-snap and spoken to the refs

    It’s the refs who hand him the ball and he was a rookie 4th string center behind Pouncey, Matt Feiler and BJ Finney at best. He probably won’t even make the practice squad.

    One goofy scrub play that ended in an incomplete pass, but please let the drama queen troll hater scrubs keep posting as much as possible. It’s a preseason game, you big bag of buttheads.

    Go Steelers!

  8. billshatnerstoupee says:
    August 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm
    Those poor abused Patriot fans. The world is out to get them.
    No, just the LEAGUE OFFICE & a bunch of JEALOUS & ENVIOUS OWNERS that keep falling all over themselves trying to blame the Patriots for their ongoing failures instead of holding themselves accountable for their own mistakes….. but don’t let that get in the way of reality!!!?

  9. Remember when during deflategate Wilson let 60 mins or some show in their factory to show how extensive their quality testing was on each ball? I do. Where are the PSI logs Roger?

  10. Yes, kissbill. It’s always someone elses fault. Suck it up and stop crying. Your conspiracy theories have run their course.

  11. Why is this a rule?! Why can’t a QB use a football at ANY air pressure he likes? Same for kickers.

  12. So twice now the NFL can determine the ball protocol was followed perfectly yet it took $5 million to determine that before. Riiiiggghhhhttttt.

    Just like it couldn’t have been defective footballs before. Nope. Instead we ‘know’ there was a scheme to deflate footballs based on a text from 2 years prior, a missing cell phone and science found at the bottom of a cracker jacks box.

  13. patswillreign says:
    August 12, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    So we could’ve avoided the entire Deflategate fiasco if Tom Brady woulda just said “it was a freaky deal”?
    Or if he had grabbed the ball, and said – hey there’s something wrong with this ball, and then given it to the refs. Yeah maybe then.

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