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Dave Ball
DE #98
Height:
6-5
Weight:
255
College:
UCLA
Experience:
8

Biography

PRO: Dave Ball came to Tennessee as a free agent in 2008, hungry to take advantage of the attacking scheme employed by the Titans defense that matched his talents.  By 2010, he was a mainstay in the lineup, setting career highs in sacks (7.0) and tackles (59) before a concussion ended his sixth NFL season prematurely.  Originally a fourth-round draft choice by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, his arduous road to success in the NFL led him to three different teams prior to the Titans.  Before signing as a free agent in 2008, Ball spent time with the Chargers (2004-05), New York Jets (2005-06) and Carolina Panthers (2007).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• In 2011, Ball finished second on the team with four sacks and 15 quarterback pressures.
• In 2010, Ball set career highs with 11 starts, seven sacks and 59 tackles.
• On Oct. 3, 2010, Ball set a career high with 2.5 sacks against the Broncos and quarterback Kyle Orton.  It was the highest single-game total by a Titans player in 2010.
• Ball’s first season with the Titans was 2008, when he tallied then-career highs of 4.5 sacks, 51 tackles and one interception.
• In a Thanksgiving game at Detroit on Nov. 27, 2008, Ball recorded his first career interception, picking off a Daunte Culpepper pass and racing 15 yards for a touchdown.  He celebrated as he crossed the goal line with a Turkey dance.  Ball also recorded a sack and forced fumble in the game.

TITANS TIDBITS:
• His identical twin brother, Matt, also played defensive end at UCLA and currently works for a research and development group in Washington, D.C.
• With patience and determination, Ball traveled a long road to find a professional home in Tennessee.  After moving from San Diego to New York to Carolina, he was completely out of football awaiting a contract from September 2007 until January 2008, when the Titans signed him. An 8”x11” sheet of paper, which he affixed early in his Titans tenure, is taped in his locker that reads in blue marker “Time is running out!!”

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: 
• The Fairfield, Calif., native was originally selected in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. 
• Released by the Chargers on Nov. 5, 2005 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 8.
• Signed by the New York Jets off the San Diego practice squad on Dec. 13, 2005 and stayed with the Jets through the 2006 campaign.
• Signed with the Carolina Panthers from March 26-Sept. 2, 2007 (out of football during 2007 season). 
• Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Jan. 3, 2008.

COLLEGE:
• Played defensive end for UCLA from 2000-03, starting his final three seasons.  Recorded 139 tackles, 30.5 sacks (UCLA record), and 43.5 tackles for loss during his career.
• As senior (2003), named first-team Sporting News All-America, Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pac 10 selection. Won Pac 10’s Morris Trophy (top lineman) after leading country and setting school record with 16.5 sacks.
• Graduated with degree in history.

PERSONAL: 
• Married to Carrie with three sons: Mason, Cade and Grady.
• At Dixon (Calif.) High School, named league Defensive Player of the Year and won All-State honors.  Also played basketball in high school.
• List of favorites: (TV shows) “Family Guy”, “The Simpsons” and “60 Minutes”; (actors) Guy Pearce and Viggo Mortensen; (music artists or groups) U2, The Shins and Nirvana; (food) In-N-Out Burgers; (vacation spot) at home on the couch; (school subject) history; (car) Ferrari; (sports heroes) Bo Jackson and Magic Johnson; and (book) “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.
• Born David Stewart Ball on Jan. 4, 1981 in Fairfield, Calif.

PRO: Dave Ball came to Tennessee as a free agent in 2008, hungry to take advantage of the attacking scheme employed by the Titans defense that matched his talents.  By 2010, he was a mainstay in the lineup, setting career highs in sacks (7.0) and tackles (59) before a concussion ended his sixth NFL season prematurely.  Originally a fourth-round draft choice by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, his arduous road to success in the NFL led him to three different teams prior to the Titans.  Before signing as a free agent in 2008, Ball spent time with the Chargers (2004-05), New York Jets (2005-06) and Carolina Panthers (2007).

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• In 2011, Ball finished second on the team with four sacks and 15 quarterback pressures.
• In 2010, Ball set career highs with 11 starts, seven sacks and 59 tackles.
• On Oct. 3, 2010, Ball set a career high with 2.5 sacks against the Broncos and quarterback Kyle Orton.  It was the highest single-game total by a Titans player in 2010.
• Ball’s first season with the Titans was 2008, when he tallied then-career highs of 4.5 sacks, 51 tackles and one interception.
• In a Thanksgiving game at Detroit on Nov. 27, 2008, Ball recorded his first career interception, picking off a Daunte Culpepper pass and racing 15 yards for a touchdown.  He celebrated as he crossed the goal line with a Turkey dance.  Ball also recorded a sack and forced fumble in the game.

TITANS TIDBITS:
• His identical twin brother, Matt, also played defensive end at UCLA and currently works for a research and development group in Washington, D.C.
• With patience and determination, Ball traveled a long road to find a professional home in Tennessee.  After moving from San Diego to New York to Carolina, he was completely out of football awaiting a contract from September 2007 until January 2008, when the Titans signed him. An 8”x11” sheet of paper, which he affixed early in his Titans tenure, is taped in his locker that reads in blue marker “Time is running out!!”

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: 
• The Fairfield, Calif., native was originally selected in the fourth round (133rd overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. 
• Released by the Chargers on Nov. 5, 2005 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 8.
• Signed by the New York Jets off the San Diego practice squad on Dec. 13, 2005 and stayed with the Jets through the 2006 campaign.
• Signed with the Carolina Panthers from March 26-Sept. 2, 2007 (out of football during 2007 season). 
• Signed by the Titans as a free agent on Jan. 3, 2008.

COLLEGE:
• Played defensive end for UCLA from 2000-03, starting his final three seasons.  Recorded 139 tackles, 30.5 sacks (UCLA record), and 43.5 tackles for loss during his career.
• As senior (2003), named first-team Sporting News All-America, Pac 10 Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-Pac 10 selection. Won Pac 10’s Morris Trophy (top lineman) after leading country and setting school record with 16.5 sacks.
• Graduated with degree in history.

PERSONAL: 
• Married to Carrie with three sons: Mason, Cade and Grady.
• At Dixon (Calif.) High School, named league Defensive Player of the Year and won All-State honors.  Also played basketball in high school.
• List of favorites: (TV shows) “Family Guy”, “The Simpsons” and “60 Minutes”; (actors) Guy Pearce and Viggo Mortensen; (music artists or groups) U2, The Shins and Nirvana; (food) In-N-Out Burgers; (vacation spot) at home on the couch; (school subject) history; (car) Ferrari; (sports heroes) Bo Jackson and Magic Johnson; and (book) “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.
• Born David Stewart Ball on Jan. 4, 1981 in Fairfield, Calif.

 
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 72 123 80 43 15.5 0 12 1 1 15 -- 15
2011 TEN 14 36 25 11 4 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 11 30 20 10 7 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2009 TEN 11 19 9 10 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --
2008 TEN 15 28 19 9 4.5 0 1 1 1 15 15 15
2006 NYJ 10 1 1 0 0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- --
2005 NYJ 3 5 4 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 SD 2 1 0 1 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 SD 6 3 2 1 0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- --

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