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OH woman inspects every football before Super Bowl

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(Toledo News Now) -

Not everyone can tell the difference between a good football and a bad one.

"Balls that are not passable, the average fan would say, ‘What's wrong with this?'" said Dan Riegle, site manager at the Wilson Football Factory.

Pam Clark knows what's wrong. Her keen eyesight has earned her the job as football inspector at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, OH. For 36 years, she's the last line of defense, the person who decides which footballs will play at the Super Bowl and which ones wind up on collector shelves.

"I like to be perfect," she said. "Inspect like they're supposed to be."

But that isn't always easy to do, considering they still make all the balls by hand. From the sewing to the stuffing to the lacing - they've got it down to a science.

"People are amazed when they come here, how all the things go into a making a football," said Clark.

There are 150 people working together, pumping out up to 4,000 balls a day, and all those balls have to go through Clark. Her days consist of holding footballs, weighing footballs, and of course, measuring footballs.

"We make sure the pebble's good, and the tact, because they don't like it when there's no tact."

As you can imagine, Pam is a real stickler for details. One ball didn't make the cut because of water marks near the stitching.

"That's my job. I want to make sure all the teams that get the ball get the best," she said. "I take a lot of pride in it."

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