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Neiron Arrod Ball was a student in the Butts County School system where his favorite teacher was Mrs. Claire Zant.
Mrs. Zant was pivotal in helping Neiron and his family during the difficult time when he lost both parents by the age of
9 years old. Neiron was an honor student and member of the BETA Club throughout his educational career. Neiron
was a three-sport athlete at Jackson High School where he ran track, played basketball, and excelled at football.
Neiron graduated from Jackson High School in 2010. He received a full athletic scholarship to the University of
Florida (UF) and graduated early from Jackson High School as he enrolled at UF on January 2010. He attended the
University of Florida where he was a linebacker on the football team from 2010-2015. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree from UF. Neiron entered the 2015 National Football League Draft. He was drafted in the 5th Round
(#161) by the Oakland Raiders. Neiron played for the Oakland Raiders from 2015-2017. Despite these athletic
accolades, his greatest accomplishment was his character and courage as he wore a smile on his face and was a
caring individual. He was honored with two prestigious awards during his college career at UF: Chris Patrick Courage
Award & Forest K. Ferguson Award.

The Chris Patrick Courage Award is given to the player who, after injury, demonstrates outstanding commitment and
dedication in the athletic training room in an effort return to activity with the team. Neiron Ball is synonymous with the
word courage. He suffered from AVM in 2012 and was sidelined with this injury for one season. During his time with
the Gators, he was able to get back on the field and be a productive linebacker for the Gators. Ball was the recipient
of the Christ Patrick Courage Award in 2013. The Forest K. Ferguson Award is presented annually in memory of one
of the University of Florida’s greatest athletes. The award is given in the form of a trophy, which remains in
permanent possession of the school. The recipient is the Gators’ senior football player who displays outstanding
leadership, character, and courage and is selected by the Florida Gators coaching staff; Neiron was the recipient of
this award in 2014.

Neiron made his transition to be with the Lord on September 10, 2019 as a result of suffering a brain aneurysm on
September 16, 2018. Neiron fought hard to overcome the obstacles of the illness while he was hospitalized. Dr.
Natalie Ball-Myricks established the NB Legacy Scholarship in honor of her baby brother to be a beacon of hope for
student athletes who struggle against all odds in their life. Despite all obstacles, Neiron smiled in the face of God. It is
the foundation’s hope that the recipient(s) of this scholarship will help continue Neiron’s legacy by working hard and
defying the odds while they pursue their degree. The Neiron Ball Legacy Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating
Jackson High School student athlete who encompassing both the qualities of both awards that Neiron received at the
University of Florida. The recipient(s) of this award will be announced at the Jackson High School graduation by a
member of the NB Scholarship committee.

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