Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball died on Tuesday, nearly a year after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 27.
Ball played at Florida from 2011-14 before the Raiders selected him in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Ball recorded five tackles and one sack in six games (two starts) as a rookie. He spent the 2016 season on injured reserve with a knee injury and was released after that season.
As a sophomore in college, Ball was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM) that causes blood vessels in the brain to get tangled and rupture. The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation confirmed his death in a social media post.
The aneurysm he suffered on Sept. 16, 2018, left him immobile and able to communicate only with his eyes, according to his family. His sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, set up a GoFundMe account in July that raised more than $100,000 for medical expenses.
"He is a great teammate. He put others before himself. He's very selfless," Atlanta Falcons safety and former Florida teammate Keanu Neal told The MMQB in early August. "That's big to have a teammate that does that. He's just an all-around good guy. He just always had a smile on his face and made people laugh. It's always good vibes when you're around him."
--Field Level Media