PHILADELPHIA – David Ball, the all-time leading receiver in University of New Hampshire football history, has signed a contract with the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles.
Saturday's signing of Ball, 29, reunites the native of Orange, Vt., with Chip Kelly, the first-year Eagles' head coach and Ball's offensive coordinator at UNH from 2003-06.
Ball holds New Hampshire's career records for all-time receptions (304) and receiving yards (4,655). He set the Division I-AA (now FCS) all-time record with 58 career touchdown receptions, which surpassed NFL Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, who set the mark with 50 TD catches while at Mississippi Valley State.
Ball owns the top three spots on UNH's single-season receptions' list; he made 93 catches as a senior in '06, tallied 87 catches during his junior season and made 86 catches as a sophomore. In addition, he possesses the Wildcats' top two – and three of the top five – single-season totals for receiving yards: 1,551 (No. 1/2005); 1,504 (No. 2/2004) and 1,114 (No. 5/2006). The three-time Walter Camp All-America First Team wide receiver had his uniform No. 3 retired following his outstanding collegiate career.
Ball spent time with the Chicago Bears (2007) and the New York Jets (2008) but did not make the regular-season roster for either team. He also had stints in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League before serving as the head football coach for his alma mater, Spaulding High School, in Vermont last season.
Ball filled the 90th roster spot and became the 12th wide receiver on the Eagles roster. For more information, visit philadelphiaeagles.com.
The UNH football team opens training camp next month. The Wildcats, defending co-champions of the CAA and owners of the nation's longest current streak of consecutive FCS playoff appearances (nine), begin the regular season at Central Michigan of the FBS on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. (ESPN3). The home opener at Cowell Stadium is slated for Saturday, Sept. 14, against Colgate (12 p.m.). For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.