Kid Named Goodell Wins Lynn Science Fair for Debunking Deflategate

By ·

Roger Goodell

Photo via AP

Finally, Goodell has come to Tom Brady’s defense. No, not that Goodell.

Seventh-grader Ben Goodell, a student at St. Pius V Elementary School in Lynn, won the “Outstanding Project Award” at his school’s annual science fair for his project, “How Weather Conditions Affect PSI of a Football,” which sought to debunk the hazy science used to target the New England Patriots quarterback for the alleged, marginal deflation of footballs at the 2015 AFC Championship Game.

Goodell, who plays quarterback for his flag-football team and offensive line for his tackle-football team, is not related to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has led the charge against Brady, arguably the league’s biggest star.

“I wanted to prove that Tom Brady wasn’t guilty,” Goodell told the Lynn Item. To conduct his experiment, Goodell exposed a properly inflated football to a variety of weather conditions. “Every time, it dropped 2 PSI…The lowest PSI recorded during deflategate was 2 PSI under proper inflation. I had [the football] at proper inflation when I started.”

Goodell, much like Brady, has won back-to-back titles, garnering top honors last year. Do I smell a dynasty?

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2016/03/09/goodell-science-fair-deflatefate-lynn/