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In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, photo Skip Horween, president of Horween Leather Co., poses for a portrait at the factory in Chicago. Horween represents the fourth generation of immigrants from Ukraine who opened a Chicago tannery in 1905 and would come to provide the leather for NFL game balls used today, including the Super Bowl LI ball. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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  • In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, photo Skip Horween, president of Horween Leather Co., poses for a portrait at the factory in Chicago. Horween represents the fourth generation of immigrants from Ukraine who opened a Chicago tannery in 1905 and would come to provide the leather for NFL game balls used today, including the Super Bowl LI ball. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Long, storied history behind the footballs of the NFL

    Skip Horween’s great-grandmother wanted nothing to do with football. In fact, her two sons were so petrified she would find out they were messing around with the barbaric-looking game that they decided to play under assumed names. That’s how it came to be that Arnold and Ralph “McMahon,” both standouts on the Harvard football team […]