A Massachusetts seventh grader is making waves through his science project that claims to vindicate NFL quarterback, Tom Brady.
The 12-year-old from Lynn, Mass., ironically named Ben Goodell (no relation to the NFL commissioner, Roger), won his seventh grade science fair with an experiment that he says demonstrates how fluctuating weather can naturally deflate a football.
That's right - naturally - without any assistance from equipment personnel.
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For his experiment, the young Goodell took properly pressurized, official NFL footballs and exposed them to various weather conditions, including cold, humidity, snow and ice, for two hours at a time.
After each one of the exposures, his data showed that the footballs' pressure dropped by 2 PSI (pounds per square inch).
"Every single time I did this test the PSI dropped at least 2 PSI. That means it was scientifically proven that Tom Brady didn't deflate the footballs, and it was just the weather conditions," Goodell told WBZ, Boston's local CBS News station.
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Back in May 2015, Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots, was suspended for four games after an investigator concluded that team staff let air out of footballs before a playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on a cold day in January. The team was also stripped of its 2016 first- and fourth-round draft picks and fined $1 million.
NFL officials inspected the footballs during half-time of that game and found a ball to be two PSI below the required minimum in air pressure.
On Sept. 3, 2015, a judge vacated the four-game suspension of Brady, due to "legal deficiencies." That ruling came after investigations had produced reports numbering hundreds of pages long about the alleged ball tampering.
Young Goodell's science project was eight pages long.
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Goodell admitted he's a big Brady fan and his feelings about the matter are clear, as he told CBS Boston, "I don't think it was fair for them to just say he's a cheater."
Goodell says he hasn't heard from anyone at the NFL.