AThere are quite a few threads about discussing cakes very similiar to this, if you searched on this very site. You tube has a few tutorials as well, Winbeckler and others. You might have to piece together information from one source to another to get what you need exactly. As for fondant being "easy", well that is subjective. You can use the seams on the football to your advantage, or if you have the skill to wrap a single piece around those corners and angles, go for it. Trying and good effort is the best teacher.
yes what rfisher said --
and that's an advanced fondant job-- i don't know what to say about it tearing or not -- i mean i've had it tear on me on a regular no worries cake -- so if the fondant cooperates and you do it right it won't tear -- and if it does tear you gotta start over -- no i don't think it's fondant 101 but you can do this --
of course you'll need to cover the football 'off the field' just sitting on a tiny little board on the bottom so you can snuck the fondant all in there -- i would have my footed turntable flipped upside down so i could reach everything -- you'll want to be ready to impress it with the texture and the seams right away before it sets up --
some people cover cold cake some cover room temp so you gotta make that decision too -- you might want to ganache it --you might want to use rice krispie treats instead of cake--
10,000 choices but you can do this! be prepared to either practice in advance or have plenty of time to get it right
best to you
AI would use modeling chocolate instead of fondant to cover the cake. No tearing or stretching.
Some great inputs...thank you so much!! Appreciate it! :D