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Former Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball is dead at the age of 27

Former Raiders LB Neiron Ball has lost his fight with a brain illness at the age of 27.

Former Florida Gators and Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball died of complications after a lengthy battle with a severe brain illness, according to Alligator.org.

Ball played at UF under former coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp from 2010-2014. He missed the entire 2011 season when he underwent surgery for arteriovenous malformation (AVM), which can cause blood vessels in the brain to rupture.

The exact cause of death is unclear, but Ball’s condition worsened last September, when he suffered a brain aneurysm that paralyzed all four limbs and left him in a medically induced coma.

Ball was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had nine tackles and a sack in his only professional season. Please pray for his family.

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