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Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 03:05 p.m.

The making of Super Bowl LIII game balls

Take an inside look at how the Super Bowl LIII game balls are made at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.

22 Photos Total

  • Katie Long lines up an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game to be stamped with team names at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 22

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Stamping the balls - Katie Long

    Katie Long lines up an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game to be stamped with team names at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Loyd Conley cuts panels for an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 21

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    Cutting panels - Loyd Conley

    Loyd Conley cuts panels for an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 20

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Jim Gatchell turns an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game right side out after steaming it at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 19

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    Steaming the game balls - Jim Gatchell

    Jim Gatchell turns an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game right side out after steaming it at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Donna Conley laces an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 18

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Lacing the game balls - Donna Conley

    Donna Conley laces an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Donna Conley laces an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 17

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Lacing the game balls - Donna Conley

    Donna Conley laces an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait in a bin to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 16

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait in a bin to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Deb Ellis inflates an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 15

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Inflating the balls - Deb Ellis

    Deb Ellis inflates an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Deb Ellis tosses an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game into a bin to await final inspection at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 14

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Prepping the balls for inspection - Deb Ellis

    Deb Ellis tosses an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game into a bin to await final inspection at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 13

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    Official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Katie Long sews the panels of an official ball for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 12

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Sewing the panels - Katie Long

    Katie Long sews the panels of an official ball for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Katie Long sews the panels of an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta, Ga. 11

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Sewing the panels - Katie Long

    Katie Long sews the panels of an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta, Ga.

  • Katie Long sews the panels of an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 10

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Sewing the panels - Katie Long

    Katie Long sews the panels of an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Bins of official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 9

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    Bins of official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • A bin of official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.. 8

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    A bin of official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game wait to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta..

  • Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait in a bin to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 7

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Super Bowl game balls

    Official footballs for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game wait in a bin to be finished at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Robin Black inspects an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 6

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Inspecting the balls - Robin Black

    Robin Black inspects an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Robin Black inspects an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 5

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Inspecting the balls - Robin Black

    Robin Black inspects an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Donna Putnam places a New England Patriots logo on an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. 4

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Patriots logo - Donna Putnam

    Donna Putnam places a New England Patriots logo on an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta.

  • Donna Putnam brushes an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 3

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Brushing the ball - Donna Putnam

    Donna Putnam brushes an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • Donna Putnam places a Los Angeles Rams logo on an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 2

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Rams logo - Donna Putnam

    Donna Putnam places a Los Angeles Rams logo on an official football for the NFL Super Bowl LIII game at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.

  • A detailed view of official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game that was made at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. 1

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    The final product

    A detailed view of official balls for the NFL Super Bowl LIII football game that was made at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. The Los Angeles Rams will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.