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Neiron Ball (August 20, 1992 – September 9, 2019)[1] was an American football player who last played outside linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Neiron Ball
No. 41, 58
Position:Linebacker
Personal information
Born:(1992-08-20)August 20, 1992
Jackson, Georgia, U.S.
Died:September 9, 2019(2019-09-09) (aged 27)
Jackson, Georgia, U.S.
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Jackson (GA)
College:Florida
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:9
Forced fumbles:0
Fumbles recovered:1
Sacks:1.0
Interceptions:0
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Ball attended Jackson High School in Jackson, Georgia, where he played football for coach Mike Parris. As a junior, he recorded 104 tackles (35 for loss), 19 sacks and forced seven fumbles. Ball also starred in track & field at Jackson, where he competed as a sprinter (best of 11.19 seconds in the 100-meter dash) and high jumper (PR of 1.73m or 5'8").

Ball was rated a four-star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was viewed as the No. 16 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com and the No. 19 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com. Ball chose Florida over Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and South Carolina.

College careerEdit

Ball played at Florida from 2011 to 2014.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
62.5 in
(1.59 m)
4.65 s 1.62 s 2.66 s 4.26 s 34 12 in
(0.88 m)
5 ft 78 in
(3.51 m)
22 reps
All values from Florida Pro Day[2]

Ball was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.[3] On September 27, 2015, Ball got his first career sack against Josh McCown in a 27-20 win against the Cleveland Browns. On December 12, 2015, Ball was placed on injured reserve.[4] On September 3, 2016, Ball was again waived by the Raiders and was placed on injured reserve.[5]

DeathEdit

Ball was first diagnosed with arteriovenous malformation in 2011 while playing for Florida, but recovered and was able to play football. In December 2018, he suffered an aneurysm and was placed into a medically-induced coma. Ball died from the condition in Jackson, Georgia on September 9, 2019.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Former Raiders, Gators linebacker Neiron Ball dies at age 27". San Francisco Chronicle. AP. September 10, 2019. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=105061&draftyear=2015&genpos=OLB
  3. ^ "Raiders Select Florida LB Neiron Ball in 5th Round". Raiders.com. May 2, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  4. ^ Damien, Levi. "Raiders do Gator shuffle: Place Neiron Ball on injured reserve, activate Leon Orr". Silver And Black Pride. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. ^ "Oakland Raiders Announce Transactions". Raiders.com. September 3, 2016.

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