Tuesday, September 9th
MONTREAL -- David Ball is taking his dream of playing professional football north of the border.
The former standout wide receiver at Spaulding and UNH has signed a deal with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
"It's a great organization that's had a lot of success.", said Ball. "It's a great city and they love their football. For me, it's a chance to get back out there, make money doing what I love to do and I can't wait to get back out there."
Ball was with the Jets during the NFL preseason, but was one of the final players cut before the start of the regular season. After talking with his agent, Ball says he will initially be part of the Alouettes practice squad, but the opportunities will be there to make the active roster and earn playing time.
The Orange, Vermont resident and NCAA record holder for most career touchdown receptions says he is ready to temporarily put his NFL goals aside for this challenge.
"There's still an opportunity there (the NFL), but right now I've got to try something different that is also a great opportunity for anybody who's ever put on pads to have."
David is also thrilled that this move makes it much more likely that the people he is closest to will get the chance to see him in action.
"It's definitely the closest city that has professional sports to Barre. I think it's closer than Boston. It's a great opportunity for people who have followed me and all these people who have supported me over the years to get an opportunity to watch me play some pro ball."
--- Mike McCune
PO Box 4508