If the Super Bowl comes down to a key catch by Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots or Victor Cruz of the Giants, they'll have more than their hands to thank.
Those two players, like plenty of NFL tight ends and wide receivers, wear "sticky" gloves made with a rubbery material on the palms. Consider these mitts the 2000's' answer to the 1970's' Stickum, the gooey substance famously used by Oakland Raiders defensive back Lester Hayes and receiver Fred Biletnikoff before it was banned three decades ago.
Thanks to the gloves, Cruz says, "You grip the ball better, no question."
Take a close look during the NFL championship game next Sunday, and most players will have their hands enhanced by what the league calls "gloves with tactified surfaces."