NFL quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Drew Brees make throwing a perfect spiral look easy, but it’s far more complicated than it seems. To take a closer look, we spoke to NCAA football coach Ryan Larsen, who breaks down the steps that go into throwing a perfect spiral, as well as the common mistakes that can lead to inaccurate passes. Finally, Union College Physics Professor Chad Orzel helps us dive into the science and physics at play in a spiraling football to understand why a well-thrown spiral is vital to the success of every attempted pass.
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How NFL Quarterbacks Throw Perfect Spirals