WASHINGTON — Joe Theismann, who quarterbacked Washington to two Super Bowl trips and one win in his 10-year NFL career, sees no difference between throwing a normally-inflated football and an under-inflated one. He knows because this week, with Deflate-Gate swirling, he went out and tried it.
“I knew I’d be asked a lot of questions, start to do a lot of interviews,’’ the 65-year-old Theismann said during a autograph and photo session Thursday to promote a Super Bowl contest that will benefit military veterans and their families. “And instead of pre-supposing what something might feel like or what it may do, I decided to go out out to Redskins Park and see what a ball felt like at 13 PSI, versus 11.’’
“You really have to push it to feel the difference in it. It’s negligible, as far as I’m concerned,’’ he said. For that, and a few other reasons, he concluded that for practical purposes, the possibility that the Patriots used altered footballs in the AFC championship game was “not a big deal. A rules violation, yes, but not that big a deal.’’