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After panels are cut out of a cowhide, they are stacked on carts. Each cart holds approximately 400 balls worth of panels. "We manufacture approximately 4,000 footballs a day, so in one production day those panels in this photo would probably all be made into balls," says Riegle, who has worked at Wilson for 32 years.

Text: Sachin Shenolikar
Photo: DAVID E. KLUTHO/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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