Former Jackson High Red Devil and Oakland Raider Neiron Ball continues to battle health problems but appears to be getting stronger, according to Jackson High head coach Dary Myricks, who is also Ball’s brother-in-law.

In a tweet early Monday, Myricks asked for prayers for Ball, who was reportedly in a coma last fall. Ball’s precise condition Monday was not immediately clear, but Myricks said Ball was getting stronger.

“Family and friends, I ask that you continue to pray for Neiron. He is fighting and has been fighting to live for nine months now. By the grace of God, he is getting stronger every day,” Myricks wrote in a tweet.

Ball is a 2010 Jackson High grad who went on to play several seasons for the University of Florida Gators. He was sidelined for the entire 2011 season with a medical condition, but returned to the field in 2012.

In 2015, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 236-pound Ball was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the fifth round of the NFL draft.

Ball graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in family, youth and community science. He is the son of the late Ronnie Ball and Johanna White. He has five siblings: Nedra Ball, Natalie Ball-Myricks, Nadiya Ball, Neland Ball and Niquae White.

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