Tuesday the world got some terrible news. Neiron Ball has passed away. The former Florida Gators and Oakland Raiders linebacker lost the battle with a rare congenital brain condition that caused him to have an aneurism last December that placed him in a coma.
His sister Natalie Myricks announced Neiron’s passing on facebook.
“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.”
Ball was a 2015 fifth round pick by the Raiders, who unfortunately saw his career cut short by injury. He was an inspiring individual who lost both his parents at a young age.
He touched a great many people’s lives — including my own — and enriched those lives with his selfless and tremendous character and heart.
One of his best friends is current Raiders tackle Trent Brown who upon signing a record deal with the Raiders, dedicated it to his dear friend. The two were drafted together out of Florida — Ball to the Raiders and Brown across to Bay to the 49ers, allowing them to stay close early in their NFL careers.
The Raiders season opener was last night in Oakland. Brown had just been celebrating a dominating performance in the late Monday night game against the Broncos in his first game with the Raiders when hours later he was awoken early by the tragic news.
Some tears you just don't be prepared for... ️— Trent Brown (@Trent) September 10, 2019
Weezy foreva— Trent Brown (@Trent) September 10, 2019
Suffer no more ️— Trent Brown (@Trent) September 10, 2019
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— Trent Brown (@Trent) September 10, 2019
” it's devastating. I lost my dawg it ain't no celebratin” ️— Trent Brown (@Trent) September 10, 2019
We mourn with him. Neiron Ball was just 27 years old. Gone too soon.
Rest Easy Neiron What a strong kid and family. God bless them pic.twitter.com/UGftfCWw67— Jerry Jr. (@JBreezyII) September 10, 2019
Rest in Peace, Neiron. You'll be forever remembered and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. #GatorsAlways pic.twitter.com/ePkAl3DLg0— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) September 10, 2019
Rip Neiron and prayers for the ball family great man great friend, always had a smile on his face...— TJ Carrie (@tj_carrie) September 10, 2019
Neiron Ball was one of the most inspiring and saddest stories I've ever covered with the #Raiders. Fought through incredible adversity and always with a smile . . . rest easy . . . https://t.co/nmiWMQRLsb— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September 10, 2019
RIP, Neiron Ball. We’re lucky just to be healthy and here. https://t.co/obrBoiAhkp— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) September 10, 2019
The Raiders Family mourns the passing of Neiron Ball. He will be dearly missed by the entire Raider Nation and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. https://t.co/RVnhWEsSjz pic.twitter.com/ZtMlmzSrsU— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 10, 2019
It was a blessing to have met you, Neiron. If only for a brief time. Rest in peace, young man.