AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former NFL quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Ty Detmer thinks that the Tom Brady suspension is more about possible deceit than any advantage from an under-inflated football.
Detmer, who is now the head football coach at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Austin, said he was always more concerned about how the football felt, more so than how inflated the ball was.
“I didn’t care about the inflation rate,” Detmer said on Tuesday. “It was just, you wanted to be able to get a grip on it because they put a wax on it and all those things. Other than a brand new football, the inflation rate didn’t matter.”
Detmer played 14 seasons in the NFL with six different teams, alongside some of the best of all time. The former quarterback said the amount of air in the ball was not a consideration to any of those quarterbacks.
“From guys like Bret Favre, Steve Young to Michael Vick, to Matt Schaub, to any of these guys, I never heard any of that mentioned.”
Detmer likens this to other examples of trying to get an edge in any way possible.
“To me a pound or two isn’t going to make it any easier to catch, or hold on to in the cold. The Vikings were warming footballs up on sidelines in the heater to try to make them a little easier to hold on to. Other teams have done similar types of things, but it’s the Patriots, its Tom Brady, so it’s a big deal now.”