To celebrate football season, we took it upon ourselves to determine just how much pressure a football could stand before it burst. In our first compression test attempt, we applied 2,500 pounds of force and the football hardly seem affected at all! Here’s a video of our first attempt:
Not wanting to be bested by a football, we tried again with a larger, higher capacity machine. 8,000 pounds of force later, and the football was still intact! It was time to get serious. Watch the video below to see us show the football we mean business!
Ultimately, the football withstood 2,157 pounds of force when placed on its end. It should be noted this is after enduring two high force tests that likely produced at least some wear on the football. We were amazed at how resilient the football was! These things are certainly built to last.