Former NFL quarterback Hugh Millen explains the benefits of using an under-inflated football in this 90-second video from The Associated Press.
“Like a worn-out shoe, or like a worn-out baseball glove, the leather has that feeling of being more supple,” Millen says. “And if that index finger can depress into that ball more, then as you’re snapping it, the index finger is on the seam just a little bit longer and now you get faster rotating spirals.”
A faster rotating spiral, Millen explains, has less drag and greater velocity.
Millen spent eight years in the NFL with the LA Rams, Falcons, Patriots and Broncos.