Long before Deflategate, Tom Brady was never shy about making it known that he likes his footballs a certain way. That's why he and Peyton Manning lobbied the league to allow visiting teams to bring their own game balls, a rule that became official after the 2006 season.
Appearing on Philadelphia's 97.5 The Fanatic, Feeley related a story from a game against the Patriots in Foxborough when he was backup quarterback for the Miami Dolphins during the 2004 season.
"I was on the sidelines and I noticed that somehow this beat-up ball from the ball boy was getting thrown in for New England, yet when we were on offense the orange brand-new ball was getting thrown in," Feeley said.
"I even said something to the ball boy, and he kind of gave me a smirk. At the time I tried to address it with the coaches but everyone was like ... 'Oh, that doesn't make a difference' or 'Who cares about that? You're looking at some stuff that really doesn't matter.'"
But Feeley thought it mattered. He said fellow backup quarterback "Sage Rosenfels and I were on the sidelines and were like, 'That's crazy. He's basically getting his own ball thrown in on offense.'"
He added: "That was an issue for me at the time."
The Dolphins lost that game, 24-10, as part of a 4-12 season. Meanwhile, the Patriots would go on to finish 14-2 and win the Super Bowl for the second straight year and third time in four seasons.