Chicago, Ill.—Football is in the Horween Leather Company’s blood, which makes the National Football League (NFL) very happy. For over 50 years, Horween Leather has provided the leather for the Official NFL Footballs® produced by Wilson. No synthetic, composite leather here. Just 100% “Tanned in Tack”® leather from Horween.
In the 1940s, George Halas approached his friend Arnold Horween, and asked for his help in developing a better leather for the official NFL football. As a former All-American football player and coach at Harvard and an NFL player for the Chicago Cardinals, the second generation Horween was able to combine his football experience with his family’s knowledge of leather tanning to produce the finest quality leather for the professional football league.
Arnold Horween developed the Tanned in Tack® tanning process that is still used today by the Chicago-based tannery. This process improves the print retention on a football so the pebbling of the leather stays in, thus improving the performance characteristics of the ball.
Horween Leather continues to use the same labor-intensive tanning processes created by their ancestors to produce the finest football leather for today’s NFL, college and high school football teams. The company remains committed to making the best leather of its type in the world.