David Stewart Ball (born January 4, 1981) is an American former college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and earned unanimous All-American honors. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and has also played for the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans of the NFL.
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|Born:||January 4, 1981|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Dixon (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133|
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Ball attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played defensive end for the UCLA Bruins football team from 2000 to 2003. He was a starter during his final three seasons. In 2003, Ball tied for the national lead with 16.5 quarterback sacks, setting a UCLA record. He also set the UCLA record for most career sacks with 30.5. Ball earned unanimous first-team All-American honors in 2003, and was selected as the ABC-Chevrolet National Defensive Player of the Year, and won the Pop Warner Award as the top senior player on the West Coast. Ball was also a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection.
Ball was drafted in the fifth round by the San Diego Chargers (pick no. 133) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He was released by the Chargers during the 2005 season and was picked up by the New York Jets. Ball was signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers on March 26, 2007. On September 1, 2007 Ball was cut from the Panthers before the start of the NFL regular season. Ball did not play in the 2007 season, despite being signed by the Titans in January prior to their playoff game against the San Diego Chargers. Ball played for Tennessee from 2008 to 2011. In his NFL career, he has had 123 tackles and 15.5 sacks.
The 2007 New York Jets season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 48th season overall, and the second under head coach Eric Mangini. The team attempted to improve upon their 10–6 record from 2006, but failed and finished the season with a 4–12 record, missing the playoffs since 2005.Ball (surname)
Ball is an English surname that has multiple potential origins, as do quite a few other short surnames:
one origin relates to the shortened form of the given name Baldwin Middle English
another purported origin is related to living near a "knoll or rounded hill"
the surname may also descend from the Old Norse personal name "Balle"
it could be a toponymic surname, related to Ball, Cornwall, EnglandIn the United Kingdom, according to a study based on data available from Experian, the surname declined in use by 55% between 1881 and 2008, possibly though not certainly due to negative connotation elicited by the surname.List of unanimous All-Americans in college football
The College Football All-America Team is an honorific college football all-star team compiled after each NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) season to recognize that season's most outstanding performers at their respective positions. There are several organizations that select their own All-America teams. Since 1924, the NCAA has designated selectors whose teams are used to determine "consensus" and "unanimous" All-Americans. Any player who is named to the first team by at least half the official selectors for a given season is recognized as being a consensus All-American. A player on the first team of every official selector is recognized as being a unanimous All-American. Since 2002, the five selectors designated by the NCAA for this purpose are the Associated Press (AP), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).Unanimous All-Americans are considered "elite, the cream of the crop from any particular season." Many are later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and many also go on to have successful professional football careers. From 1924 to 2000, 364 players were unanimous selections at least once. Thus, only a handful of players—if any—each season receive the honor. The first player to do so was Red Grange, star halfback for the Illinois Fighting Illini, who received first-team honors from all six major selectors in 1924.As of the end of 2018 Division I FBS season, Oklahoma has had the most unanimous All-America selections of any school, with 35, followed by Alabama and Notre Dame with 34 each. Eighty-four schools have had at least one unanimous All-America selection. The most recent All-America team, the 2018 team, consisted of eight unanimous selections.
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Morris Trophy winners
Pop Warner Trophy winners
2003 College Football All-America Team consensus selections