Former NFL linebacker, Neiron Ball, has died on Tuesday at the age of 27 after having an aneurysm rupture due to a rare brain condition almost a year ago. He had been in a medically induced coma, according to his relatives.
The Sports and Entertainment Group, a DC-based agency that represented Ball, said in a statement, “We join the Ball family in thanking the numerous supporters of Neiron and his journey to recovery. Neiron was a rare and special spirit with the ability to touch anyone he met. His talent was met with relentless drive, no matter the obstacle.”
“Neiron was a 5th round NFL Draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2015 and a proud former Florida Gator. Neiron was a loving and cherished father, brother, and teammate. He will be missed dearly,” the statement continued.
According to ESPN, Ball received the diagnosis of a rare brain condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM) while he was playing for Gators. He had to undergo emergency surgery after his doctors discovered a brain bleed before his sophomore year, because of which he missed the 2011 season.
However, Ball made a comeback to the field the following year and played a couple of games for the Gators in 2013. He was later picked by the Oakland Raiders in 2015.
Gators Football tweeted, “Rest in Peace, Neiron. You’ll be forever remembered and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. #GatorsAlways.”
Neiron’s sister Natalie Ball Myricks wrote on Facebook, “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.” Natalie and Neiron’s great-aunt created an online fundraiser that garnered over $136,000 donations.