Former NFL player, Georgia HS standout Neiron Ball dies year after brain aneurysm

Former NFL player, Georgia HS standout Neiron Ball dies year after brain aneurysm

Neiron Ball death

ATLANTA — A former NFL player and Georgia high school football player died early Tuesday at the age of 27 after fighting for his life following a brain aneurysm, according to family members.

Former Oakland Raiders and Florida Gators player Neiron Ball suffered a brain aneurysm in late 2018 and was placed in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital.

Ball's sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, confirmed his death via Facebook Tuesday morning.

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"We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am. 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."

According to ESPN, Ball was moved to a nursing facility after being removed from the coma. He was cared for there at the time of his death.


Ball was a native of Jackson, Georgia and played high school football at Jackson High School.

The Sports & Entertainment Group, the agency that represented Ball, released the following statement about his death:

"We join the Ball family in thanking the numerous supporters of Neiron and his journey to recovery," the statement said. "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 loving and cherished father, brother, and teammate. He will be missed dearly."

Ball, who was often called "Weezy," was mourned on Twitter.