I've been very impressed with Braxton's laser passes that we've seen the past few games, especially the one just before halftime vs. Penn State. This got me wondering how fast he's throwing the ball. Over the past few years, nobody at the combine has broken 59 mph. There are rumors that Brett Favre could throw over 70. My brief analysis suggests that Braxton broke 59 mph on that 25 yard Penn State TD pass to Philly Brown:
It was a 25 yard pass, but at time of release Braxton was on the 31 yard line. Philly caught the ball slightly behind the goal line, so the total distance of this pass was 31-32 yards. Timing the flight time in real-time, I get about 1 second. When watching the 2x slow mo replay and then using 4x slow mo on my DVR (8x total), the flight time is exactly 8 seconds. I think the flight time of the pass was very close to exactly 1 second, which puts a velocity of 31-32 yards per second, which is 63-65 mph.
Let's assume I was a little off on my yardage and flight time, and plug in 30.5 yards flight distance and 1.05 seconds flight time. This still gives you 59.4 mph.
I'm having a hard time believing that he really threw the ball over 60 mph on that pass since nobody else has, but that's what the numbers suggest.