Aug 1, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT
Former New Hampshire All-America WR David Ball, FCS Football’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (58), signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday, reuniting with former UNH offensive coordinator and current Eagles’ first-year head coach Chip Kelly.
Ball compiled some of the greatest statistical pass catching figures in Division I football history and holds UNH’s career record for all-time receptions (304) and receiving yards (4.655) over a four-year collegiate career from 2003-06. As a senior, the 29-year-old Orange, Vt., native surpassed NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice’s 1-AA (now FCS) touchdown receptions record of 50 while at Mississippi Valley State.
The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder last played professionally with the Chicago Bears (2007) and New York Jets (2008), but did not see action on the field in the regular season. Ball has also spent time playing in both the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. Before joining the Eagles roster as the team’s 12th receiver, Ball served as the head football coach for his alma mater, Spaulding High School, in Vermont over the last year.
Ball also holds the FCS record for most touchdown passes, same passer and receiver, with former CAA Football Player of the Year and current Wildcats receivers coach Ricky Santos, compiling 53 touchdowns together over their respective careers.
More on Ball’s unique story and familiarity with Kelly can be on Philadelphia Inquirer beat writer Zach Berman’s blog.
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