Is throwing bare-handed bearable?

In anticipation of the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather location, ESPN.com recently tasked its NFL Nation team reporters with finding out which quarterbacks rely on gloves in frigid temperatures. Here's a sampling of the quarterbacks' answers:


Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

"I've practiced with wearing a glove every once and a while on my left hand. I wouldn't need to wear one on my right hand, I don't think. My hands are pretty big, so that kind of helps, but I don't plan [on] using a glove unless something is extremely bad. But, yes, I have practiced with it once or twice."

-- Terry Blount


Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Manning has been wearing a glove on his throwing hand regardless of the weather because nerves that impact his grip were affected by neck surgery.

"It's just part of the adjustment I've kind of had to make. I've said that I've had to make a lot of changes in this point in my career. I'm kind of coming off an injury and different team. It's just been part of the adjustment, so I don't know what game-changer really means exactly, but it's part of the adjustment that I've made and tried to adjust and still working through it kind of each time that I wear it."

On finding gloves that he believes works:

"I've experimented with them throughout my career, even when I was in Indy. I never just quite found a pair that I liked, so I finally found a pair that I liked. … The equipment guys kind of researched and gave me some options. Found a pair that I liked."

-- Jeff Legwold


Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

"I won't wear gloves in a game because I can't really feel the football. I can't snap off of [the football]. I can't snap it off. So that's why I don't like it. I've only tried it a couple of times in Denver, but I've never messed with it. Josh [McCown] messed with it a little bit. Jordan [Palmer] really likes it. But I like to be able to feel the ball. When I have gloves on, I feel like you have to take some off of [my throws] and just kind of draft it out there. I just can't do it."

-- Michael Wright


Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

"I'm not putting gloves on. That's just a player's preference. I haven't played in a game that was too cold. I've played in all types of weather dating back to high school. I just don't feel comfortable with gloves on."

-- David Newton


Jason Campbell, Cleveland Browns

"I've never worn them. I've only worn them on my off hand. I just like the feel of the ball when throwing it. I know a lot of guys wear them. I just like the feel of the ball when throwing it. I wish I knew how to wear them, where I could find the right fit. … Some of the guys throw well with them. Ben [Roethlisberger] throws real well. I tried one out in practice, but not as we were throwing. Just long throws. It just didn't feel right. I guess it takes some time getting used to it. We play in the [AFC] North; it's cold. It's probably something I should try out."

-- Pat McManamon


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