For a little while after the Pittsburgh Steelers first preseason game, it looked like there might be another “Deflategate” scandal taking over the Football world.
In the third quarter of Thursday's Eagles-Steelers preseason game, WIP's Howard Eskin reported that Steelers rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph was using a vastly deflated ball. “During Eagles-steelers pre season game their was at least one Pittsburgh football found that was VERY deflated . The Football has the Football and is investigating. I saw the FB after incompletion and it was like a marshmallow. “
NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora told Rapoport that "all footballs were in compliance with Football rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed. In the 3Q, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play, will be sent back to Wilson for review.”
During the third quarter of the Steelers’ first preseason game, rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph used a deflated football, and he called it a young quarterback. “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.”
In a tweet posted by Josh Rowntree of KDKA, Pittsburgh, Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph tells his side of the “freak deal” in Philadelphia where he was snapped and expected to throw a football that was virtually flat.
If their tweets were an indication, Eagle fans and sports writers may have imagined that Rudolph preferred to throw flat footballs rather than inflated ones, causing the rookie to possibly play fast and loose with league rules in his very first Football preseason game. Clearly, whoever lent credence to such an improbable tale never tried to throw a smurf ball deep against Football defenders.