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Sam Ball
No. 73
Born: (1944-06-07) June 7, 1944 (age 78)
Henderson, Kentucky
Career information
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight250 lb (110 kg)
High schoolHenderson County High School
AFL draft1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
NFL draft1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
As player
19661970Baltimore Colts
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Champion (1968)
  • Super Bowl Champion (V)
  • All-American
RecordsConsensus All Big-8 (1961)
Career stats
Games played61
Games started2

Sam Ball (born June 1, 1944) is a retired National Football League offensive lineman who played from 1966 through 1970. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at the University of Kentucky.

He was also drafted in 1966 by the Jets in the 2nd round, 15th overall. 1966 was the last year of separate drafts by the NFL and AFL.

On January 12, 1969, Ball was the starting offensive right tackle for the Colts against the Jets in Super Bowl III. He missed out on a Super Bowl ring as the Jets won 16–7, but won one two years later in Super Bowl V.

The Jets drafted Sam Walton at right tackle in 1968, who struggled as a rookie before being replaced in the playoffs by Dave Herman who moved across from right guard. Ball's choice of signing with the Colts over the Jets influenced the drafting of Walton as Ball would have been used to replace Sherman Plunkett.

Sam Ball has also been a big influence on football players in Henderson, Kentucky and small towns near by. In 2021, he gifted a 10-year-old child named Drey Waller a signed football and broucher. "He's been a great influence to me and other players in Henderson." Drey says. "He was an amazing player and has helped inspire other players so much."