Long before Chip Kelly made a name for himself as the head coach of the University of Oregon he was perfecting his craft as the offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire.
While coaching at the Division I-AA school, Kelly’s offensive ideas were already allowing players to shine. One of his star talents was receiver David Ball.
Ball broke Jerry Rice’s I-AA career touchdowns record with 58 and most games with 100 receiving yards with 27 during his time at New Hampshire. Despite the production, Ball went undrafted and was ultimately unable to carve out an NFL career in stops with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets.
Now that Kelly is in the NFL as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles he reached out to Ball to see if he’d have any interest giving the NFL another go. According to Scott Cacciola of the New York Times, Ball packed up and headed for Philadelphia and another chance at making an NFL roster.
Ball had been working as a high school football coach in his home state of Vermont after four seasons playing in the Canadian Football League and arena league football. He hasn’t played since 2011. But after the Eagles lost Jeremy Maclin for the season to a torn ACL, Ball got the call to give it one more shot.
“It doesn’t matter to me whether this is three days, three weeks, three months or three years,” Ball said. “This is my last stop, because this is where I’ve always wanted it to end.”