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Are footballs really made of pigskin?

Charlie's Inside Corner

LARNED — The high school football season kicks off tonight.
Get out the pigskins!
The earliest games of football did, indeed, feature round balls made of inflated pig bladders. Later some skin was added to make the ball tougher.
Why pig bladders? Rubber hadn’t been invented yet and animal bladders were easy to come by and they were somewhat inflatable.
The oldest football ever found was made in the 1540s. It consists of a pig bladder covered with pieces of leather, possibly from a deer. It was found in 1981 at Stirling Castle in Scotland. No mention was made ...

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