12-year-old Lynn student named Goodell refutes NFL’s Deflategate science

Look out Roger, Ben Goodell won the seventh grade science fair with an experiment that refutes the Wells Report.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has no relation to 12-year-old science-fair winner Ben Goodell. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Roger Goodell does not have a supporter in Ben Goodell, a 12-year-old from Lynn, Mass. Ben, no relation to Roger, engineered a science project that refutes the Wells Report, which the NFL commissioner used to justify his four-game suspension of Tom Brady.

And according to a story on, Ben’s experiment won the seventh grade science fair at St. Pius V School.

“I was kind of upset because I didn’t think it was fair for them to say that Tom Brady was going to be suspended for 4 games,’’ Ben told WBZ-TV, adding, “I don’t think it was fair for them to just say he’s a cheater.’’

What was the methodology for Ben’s experiment? He inflated an official NFL ball to regulation PSI, and subjected it to different weather conditions.

“I put it in humidity, cold, snow, wind chill and the same temperature that occurred during DeflateGate,’’ he said.

The results were damning for Roger, who paid $45 million to investigator Ted Wells for the Well Report investigation.

Ben said: “Every single time I did this test the PSI dropped at least 2 PSI. That means it was scientifically proven that Tom Brady didn’t deflate the footballs, and it was just the weather conditions.’’

Casting the “Deflategate’’ movie

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