• Former NFL player, Georgia HS standout fighting for life after brain aneurysm

    By: Tyisha Fernandes

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    ATLANTA - A former NFL player and Georgia high school football player is in the fight of his life.

    Now, the Atlanta Falcons are helping to make his battle a little easier.

    Former Raiders' player Neiron Ball suffered a brain aneurysm last September and was placed in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital.


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    His insurance does not cover all of his needs, so his family is now trying to raise money for his medical expenses. 

    Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes spoke to Ball's uncle, Dary Myricks, who is encouraged by the backing of the community and members of the Atlanta Falcons.

    “He is the type of person who has been through a lot and the people that know him know that and they’ve done a great job of supporting him," Myricks said.

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn spoke about Neiron at camp Tuesday.

    “You won’t get a chance to visit with him, but I think you’ll find how many people rally around him – what he stood for, not only as a ball player, but as a man and as a teammate,” Quinn said.

    Myrics told Fernandes he has hope for Neiron and wants the best healthcare possible.

    “He could come out or he could be like this for the remainder of his life, and that’s basically what we’ve been told,” Myricks said.

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