Kickoff the Fun with These Footballs

Here are several footballs worth celebrating with a touchdown dance


October 20, 2021
Football on a tee
If you’re looking for the right football for a sunny (or rainy) fall afternoon, we have you covered. Unsplash

I can’t remember a year in my life when football didn’t play a major role. As a young kid, I was brought up to root for my family’s college team. Later, as a pre-teen, I’d play two-hand-touch football in the street in front of my house until it got too dark to see the ball. One very unsuccessful year of playing ball in high school and then it was off to college to root for my own team. Later in life, I’d even return to the sport as a high school football referee for 10 years, helping a new generation of players to find their connection to the game.

To this day, I can’t see a football without all those memories racing back through my head as if the streetlights in front of my childhood home were perpetually illuminated. Find your love of the game again with one of these footballs.

NFL football

Any given Sunday

This has been the official game ball of the National Football League since 1941. Amazon

Nicknamed “The Duke” after the late New York Giants owner Wellington “Duke” Mara, this Wilson ball features NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s signature. It has a leather cover, three-ply bladder, and double lacing for added strength.


Buy: Wilson’s Duke football

Buccaneers football

Raise the flag

It’s available for every franchise, but we’re partial to the Buccaneers. Amazon

It’s almost too pretty to get dirty, right? This youth-sized football is available for every NFL franchise – even the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. It offers five times the grip of most other youth-sized footballs. Bring it to the tailgate party or let the kids have fun in the backyard.

Buy: Rawlings NFL Downfield Youth Football

NCAA football

Easy to catch and throw

This ball is recommended for ages 12 to 14 and features a long-lasting composite cover. Amazon

Let your kids dream of taking the field every Saturday afternoon to the sounds of a crazy college crowd and the tunes of a marching band with this NCAA-branded composite ball. The composite cover will keep it fresh season after season.

Buy: Wilson NCAA TDY Composite Football

Franklin football

Tailgating MVP

The rubber-molded construction is super tacky to ensure a solid grip in the most challenging of weather conditions. Amazon

Okay, so nobody is going to confuse the Grip-Rite 100 for an “official” football. But this option still has the characteristics of a great football, including pro-style raised rubber laces and a waterproof covering that will endure year after year. We still love it for tailgating and backyard pick-up games. Remember – football is still a game!


Buy: Grip-Rite 100

Wave Runner Grip It Waterproof Football- Size 9.25 Inches with Sure-Grip Technology | Let's Play Football in The Water! (Random Color)

For any day

You won’t see this model on TV on Saturdays or Sundays. It’s built to last in any weather. Amazon

Save the pigskin balls for the big time. This ball is so bright, you ought to wear shades when throwing it around. It’s perfect for a day at the beach, lake, or park, and its bright design will make it easy to find when you accidentally chuck it into the woods. It has a special grip pattern so you can throw spirals to your heart’s content.

Buy: Wave Runner Grip It Waterproof Football

GST football

Be true to your school

Approved for play by the National Federation of State High School Associations, this model is one of the softest leather balls out there. Amazon

The Wilson GST is the perfect ball to grip – especially in wet game conditions. Its pebbled surface provides nearly double the grip of competing footballs. When you see your local high school teams battling it out on Friday nights, chances are this is the ball they’re using.

Buy: Wilson GST Football

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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