Neiron Ball, former UF Gator Football and Oakland Raiders player, dies at age 27

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Neiron Ball, who played for the University of Florida Gator Football team from 2011 to 2014, died on the morning of September 10. 2019. at the age of 27.

His sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, stated in a Facebook post, "We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. The Ball family is forever grateful for the prayers, donations, and immense support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate. Neiron has transitioned to a place of peace."

Ball had been diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation, a condition that causes the brain’s blood vessels to rupture while at the University of Florida. He was medically cleared to play football again and he went on to be drafted by the Oakland Raiders.

In 2018, The Jackson, Georgia native suffered an aneurysm and was put in a medically-induced coma. He became paralyzed and was living in a nursing home.