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Neiron Ball (1992–2019), former Raiders linebacker

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Standout defensive player at the University of Florida

Neiron Ball was a former linebacker for the Oakland Raiders who had a standout football career at the University of Florida. Ball was diagnosed with a rare blood vessel disorder called arteriovenous malformation in 2011 which is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. He was able to return to playing football for the Gators and was a fifth round draft choice of the Raiders in 2015. Nicknamed “Weezy” by his teammates, Ball played one season for the Raiders before being released. He suffered a brain aneurysm in 2018 and had been living in a nursing facility.

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Died: Monday, September 9, 2019 (Who else died on September 9?)

Details of death: Died at the age of 27 from a rare brain condition.


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What they said about him: “Ain't a doubt in my mind of where you're at Weezy, got the best seat in the house with both of your parents and grandma...rest peacefully eternally and I know you watching over us covering us I love you bra #Weezy4Eva” —Raiders teammate Trent Brown

“Rest in Peace, Neiron. You'll be forever remembered and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.” —Gators Football

“Neiron Ball. Always smiling. Always happy. Always positive. Absolutely one of the best teammates and humans I was fortunate enough to be around. Thank you for being my friend and brother in that orange and blue. RIP brother!!!” —Florida Gators teammate Xavier Nelson

Full obituary: New York Post

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