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We make the most important object in America’s favorite game

In the early 90’s our owner Chris Calandro wanted to reward his high school football coaches with a keepsake ball after their state finalist finish. Calandro took his project to several of the large football manufacturers, but they all turned down his order of only six footballs. Determined, Chris started to dabble with his own unconventional screen-printing process, and in his words, “. . . ended up getting a patent for imaging on footballs.”

From one man’s idea to America’s football stadiums . . .

Chris set up his factory in Dallas, Texas, and his team now produces between 300 and 500 footballs by hand each day. Many of those balls are for official game-play, however Big Game also has a booming business in commemorative footballs. These balls can be made of virtually any material desired. Many of our trophy balls become awards and mementos for pro and collegiate football players.


If you’re a football fan, knowing about Big Game should make you happy. There’s just a feeling that all is right with the world, like knowing your lobster came from Maine or that it’s raining right now in Seattle, when you know that footballs are made in Texas.

– Vincent Friedewald, from Texas Works: Products and Portaits of Talent

The reputation Big Game built creating custom footballs eventually led to our becoming a major manufacturer of collegiate on-field footballs, with nearly every Division I program switching from cheap, foreign-made footballs to using a ball built with pride right here in Texas. Today, no company on the planet makes more FBS college game balls than Big Game does.

Each team’s footballs can be customized to the players’ liking, as long as they fall within NCAA specifications. We tailor our footballs’ specs, as well as the materials, to meet the players preferences – something made possible because each of our footballs is hand-crafted.

…while the foreign factories can cheaply produce a decent football, they do so with inconsistent quality. [Division I] Quarterbacks typically go through several hundred footballs during a typical season. They notice little differences. So, Chris and his team make it their business to notice them, too.

– Friedewald

Other places you’ll see Big Game footballs

Seeing our hard work show up on Saturdays is thrilling, but we’re just as proud of how many of our footballs have become treasured personal keepsakes.

Our commemorative footballs have been given as gifts for father’s day, graduations, births, groomsmen, and even for marriage proposals! In addition, a Big Game football has been presented to every sitting U.S. President since we began operation.

American manufacturing for an American sport

We pride ourselves on manufacturing classic, attractive, durable products at a competitive cost. In a time when much of our country’s fabrication is outsourced abroad, we keep it right here at home, making footballs for American fans in the place where their favorite sport truly lives. That’s why Big Game USA’s footballs are truly . . .

As American as it gets.

What’s the difference between high school and college footballs? At what age should players graduate to each version of our footballs? Where will you see our footballs on college football Saturdays? Below, we drop some knowledge bombs about the spectrum of footballs available to our customers.

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