Dave Ball
No. 96, 98
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1981-01-04) January 4, 1981 (age 43)
Fairfield, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Dixon (Dixon, California)
NFL draft:2004 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Forced fumbles:3
Player stats at PFR

David Stewart Ball (born January 4, 1981) is an American former professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, earning unanimous All-American honors in 2003. He was selected 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.

Early life

Ball was born in Fairfield, California. He attended Dixon High School in Dixon, California, where he was a three-year letterman for the Dixon High School football and basketball teams.

College career

Ball attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played defensive end for the Bruins 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 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.

Professional career

Ball was selected 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.[1] 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.also an interception and return for touchdown against the lions in 2008[2]


  1. ^ Ball Cut from Panthers[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Dave Ball". nfl.com. Retrieved February 10, 2013.