David Ball (wide receiver)

David Ball (born June 6, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football for the New Hampshire Wildcats, and held the I-AA record for touchdown receptions until 2016 (broken by Cooper Kupp).[1]

Ball was also a member of the New York Jets, Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

Ball attended Spaulding High School in Barre, VT and played football there. Ball attended Worcester Academy for a year and was a post-graduate student and a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He was named the school's Athlete of the Year. Also won the NEPSAC Class A title in basketball for Worcester Academy. Played with Colt Brennan at Worcester. He set the record for the NEPSAC Class B Тrack and Field Championship in the High Jump, with a jump of 6 feet 9 inches.

Ball broke the Division I-AA record for touchdown receptions, previously set by Jerry Rice at Mississippi Valley State University, on October 14, 2006 versus the University of Richmond, and went on to score seven more touchdowns for a new record of 58 touchdowns. He also approached two other I-AA receiving records set by Rice, and has been nicknamed "White Rice." (Several of Ball's records have since been broken by Cooper Kupp at Eastern Washington):[2]

Although a standout at the University of New Hampshire, Ball was cited by NFL scouts as not possessing an NFL-caliber combination of size and speed, as well as facing poor competition at the D-IAA level. He subsequently went undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed with the Bears as a free agent, joining his classmate, Corey Graham who was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round.

During 2007 pre-season play, Ball had 6 receptions for a total gain of 64 yards.[3]

Ball was released by Chicago on September 1, 2007 in order to reach the NFL's mandatory 53-man roster limit.[4] He was re-signed to the Bears' practice squad on September 2, 2007.[5] Ball was released from the practice squad on September 18, 2007, to make room for P. J. Pope on the practice squad.[6] He was re-signed to the practice squad on September 21, 2007,[7] and dropped again on September 24, 2007, to make room for Josh Gattis.[8]

On November 28, 2007, Ball was signed to the New York Jets practice squad, replacing cornerback Manny Collins.[9]

For their December 30, 2007 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Jets activated Ball to their game roster for the first time in Ball's career. But, he did not appear in the game.

In a pre-season game on August 28, 2008, he had two receptions for a total of 15 yards including a touchdown, with the Jets winning over Philadelphia, 27-20.

On September 10, 2008, David Ball joined the Montreal Alouettes, two days after his college quarterback, Ricky Santos, left them.[10] He left the Alouettes on October 22, 2008.[11]

Ball signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on April 9, 2009.[12][13] He was released on April 28, 2010.

The Blue Bombers signed Ball on June 7, 2010. He was released on June 30, 2010.

The Tiger-Cats re-signed Ball on August 11, 2010 to a practice roster agreement.

The Power signed Ball on November 22, 2010. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list on March 2, 2011. He was activated on March 24, 2011.

After being cut by the Power, Ball finished the 2011 indoor season with the Erie Explosion of the Southern Indoor Football League.[14]

Ball was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles on July 27, 2013.[15] On August 6, 2013, he was released by the Eagles.[15]

David Ball created D.R.E.A.M. Sports Productions LLC to speak to groups about making a dream become reality.[16]