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Former UNH Standout Ball Cut by Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Former Spaulding High School standout David Ball’s professional football career received a setback Tuesday when the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers released him.
Winnipeg signed Ball this month as training camp began and it appeared he had made the team when the mandatory final cuts were made last week. But the Blue Bombers announced Ball’s release Tuesday afternoon, three days before their regular-season opener against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Reached by phone Tuesday evening, Ball told The Burlington Free Press he plans to remain in Manitoba for a couple of days to consider his future and see if other doors open.
Ball, who broke Jerry Rice’s NCAA Division I-AA touchdown reception record of 58 at the University of New Hampshire, has been bidding to break through onto a pro roster. He had brief stints with the practice squads for the Chicago Bears and New York Jets in the National Football League in 2007.