Former UF player Neiron Ball in coma following aneurysm

Former Florida linebacker Neiron Ball takes part in drills for NFL scouts and coaches during Pro Day on, April 7, 2015 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ahead of the NFL Draft on April 30. [Rob C. Witzel/Staff photographer]

Former Florida linebacker Neiron Ball has been in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain aneurysm Sept. 16.

Ball, who was a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 by the Oakland Raiders, had been diagnosed with the rare arteriovenous malformation, which is where the brain’s blood vessels get tangled and rupture, while at Florida and was cleared to return to football after having surgery in 2011.

On Tuesday via their Twitter account, the Raiders asked that Ball and his family are kept in the thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation during this difficult time.

As a Raiders rookie, Ball, 26, played on special teams and began to get more time on defense before getting his first NFL start against the San Diego Chargers in Week 7. Ball played 18 snaps before sustaining a non-contact knee injury. He never recovered fully following knee surgery and was eventually released by the team having played in six games with nine tackles and one sack.


  1. Sure hoping for the best. This young man has faced death before. I’m confident he wrestled with his possible outcome, his faith, what he believes in his heart. Neiron Ball likely is better prepared than a large portion of the population. I’m praying for his full recovery and appreciative of the courage, determination and joy that he made evident since his first diagnosis.