David Ball (wide receiver)

David Ball
No. 5     Erie Explosion
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: June 6, 1984 (1984-06-06) (age 27)
Place of birth: Berlin, Vermont
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: New Hampshire
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2011 for the Pittsburgh Power
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at CFL.ca
Stats at ArenaFan.com

David Ball (born June 6, 1984 in Berlin, Vermont) is a professional wide receiver for the Erie Explosion of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football for the New Hampshire Wildcats, and holds the I-AA record for touchdown receptions.

Ball has also been a member of the New York Jets, Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Early years

Ball attended Spaulding High School in Barre, VT and played football there. Ball attended Worcester Academy for a year and was a post-graduate student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He was named the school's Athlete of the Year. Also won the NEPSAC Class A title in basketball for Worcester Academy. Played with Colt Brennan at Worcester. He set the record for the NEPSAC Class B Тrack and Field Championship in the High Jump, with a jump of 6 feet 9 inches.

College career

Ball broke the Division I-AA record for touchdown receptions, previously set by Jerry Rice at Mississippi Valley State University, on October 14, 2006 versus the University of Richmond, and went on to score 7 more for a new record of 58 touchdowns. He also approached two other I-AA receiving records set by Rice, and has been nicknamed "White Rice":

  • Most career receiving yards: 4,693 (Rice had 4,655)
  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards: 27 (Rice had 24)

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Ball was a standout at the University of New Hampshire for four years. However, despite his success, Ball was undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed with the Bears as a free agent, joining his classmate, Corey Graham who was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round.

During 2007 pre-season play, Ball had 6 receptions for a total gain of 64 yards.[1]

Ball was released by Chicago on September 1, 2007 in order to reach the NFL's mandatory 53-man roster limit.[2] He was re-signed to the Bears' practice squad on September 2, 2007.[3] Ball was released from the practice squad on September 18, 2007, to make room for P. J. Pope on the practice squad.[4] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 21, 2007,[5] and dropped again on September 24, 2007, to make room for Josh Gattis.[6]

New York Jets

On November 28, 2007, Ball was signed to the New York Jets practice squad, replacing cornerback Manny Collins.[7]

For their December 30, 2007 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets activated Ball to their game roster for the first time in Ball's career. However, he did not appear in the game.

In a pre-season game on August 28, 2008 he had two receptions for a total of 15 yards including a touchdown, with the Jets winning over Philadelphia, 27-20.

On August 31, Ball was cut by the Jets in the final preseason cuts.

Montreal Alouettes

On September 10, 2008, David Ball joined the Montreal Alouettes, two days after his college quarterback, Ricky Santos, left them.[8] He left the Alouettes on October 22, 2008.[9]

First stint with Tiger-Cats

Ball signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on April 9, 2009.[10][11] He was released on April 28, 2010.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Blue Bombers signed Ball on June 7, 2010. He was released on June 30, 2010.

Second stint with Tiger-Cats

The Tiger-Cats re-signed Ball on August 11, 2010 to a practice roster agreement.

Pittsburgh Power

The Power signed Ball on November 22, 2010. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on March 2, 2011. He was activated on March 24, 2011.

Erie Explosion

After being cut by the Power, Ball finished the 2011 indoor season with the Erie Explosion of the Southern Indoor Football League.[12]

Motivational speaker

David Ball created D.R.E.A.M. Sports Productions LLC to speak to groups about making a dream become reality.[13]

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