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September 11, 2019

Former Raiders Linebacker Neiron Ball Dies at 27 after Long Battle with Rare Brain Condition

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Former Raiders Linebacker Neiron Ball passed away at age 27 following a long battle with a rare brain condition. 

The Sports and Entertainment Group announced the passing of NFL player Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019. He suffered from a rare brain condition that ultimately took his life. 

Remembering Neiron Ball

Ball was a 5th round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders back in 2015 and was a part of the Florida Gators. Aside from being an athlete, he was a loving father and brother, who will be missed dearly by his loved ones. 

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His sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, announced his death on Facebook to his fans, family, and friends. 

"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."

The Dangers of Football

Football players are more prone to brain injuries and conditions due to the physicality of the sport. For one kid, his dreams of ever reaching the pros never came to light because of a brain injury that took his life. 

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Dylan Thomas was a 17-year-old high school football player from Pike County High School, who passed away due to a severe brain injury he obtained during a game. 

The football player was in a game against the Peach County Trojans when he collided head-on with an opponent. 

Succumbing to Injuries

After the impact, he was able to get back on the field until realizing he wasn't feeling well. Soon after, he was on the bench with his left arm and leg going numb. 

When Thomas collapsed, he was airlifted from the field to the hospital, where he underwent two surgeries to try and relieve the swelling of his brain. The young boy fell into a coma and ended up in very critical condition. 

Unfortunately, Thomas succumbed to his injuries and passed away. Rest In Peace Neiron and Dylan. 

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