Meet one of the 216 footballs made by Wilson to be used in the Super Bowl. Historically nicknamed the “pigskin,” footballs are now made from cowhide. Originally footballs were made from the bladder of pigs with the bladder used to help inflate the ball.
In fact, the bladder actually influenced the unique shape of footballs. While the bladders used to inflate footballs today are synthetic, the balls are made from cowhide.
With all the modern miracles of invention and innovation, can’t they come up with a synthetic football that does not involve stripping the skin from cows?