OAKLAND, CA. (THECOUNT) — Neiron Ball has passed away at the age of 27. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He was a graduate of the University of Florida.

During his time at Florida, Neiron was diagnosed with a rare, congenital condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM). This condition causes the brain’s blood vessels to get tangled and rupture, according to his GoFundMe.


On September 16, 2018, Neiron was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA with a ruptured blood vessel and diagnosed with an aneurysm.

Via GoFundMe:

Neiron is currently fighting for his life. Unfortunately, his health insurance does not cover the appropriate care necessary to give him the best chance of recovery. With the appropriate neurological and rehabilitative care, Neiron will be given the fighting chance he deserves. Neiron is currently being cared for by his sister, Natalie Myricks, and his Great Aunt. On behalf of Neiron Ball and his family, we thank you for your help and generosity.

Before his death, Ball’s GoFundMe reached over $130,000 – far exceeding the $100,000 goal.