Sam Ball

Sam Ball
No. 73
Born: (1944-06-07) June 7, 1944
Henderson, Kentucky
Career information
Position(s) Tackle
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 250 lb (110 kg)
College Kentucky
High school Henderson County High School
AFL draft 1966 / Round: 2 / Pick: 14
NFL draft 1966 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Career history
As player
19661970 Baltimore Colts
Career highlights and awards
  • NFL Champion (1968)
  • AFC Champion (1970)
  • Super Bowl Champion (V)
  • College All America @ University of Kentucky
  • Inducted into KY Pro Football HOF (2005)

Henderson County, Ky Sports Hall Of Fame Member; HCHS 1961 Big-8 Conference Champions,

Four Year (1958,1959,1960 & 1961 High School record; 32–2–2, Mojo Hollowell-Head Coach (RIP).

Consensus All Big-8 1961 Conference Lineman Henderson County, KY High School,

HCHS-Lineman of the Year-1960,1961, All State-Kentucky 1961, Evansville Courier & Press Lineman of the Year 1961.
Career stats
Games played 61
Games started 2

Sam Ball (born June 1, 1944) is a retired National Football League offensive lineman who played from 1966 through 1970. During that span he appeared in Super Bowl III and Super Bowl V for the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at the University of Kentucky.

He was also drafted in 1966 by the Jets in the 2nd round, 15th overall. 1966 was the last year of separate drafts by the NFL and AFL.

On January 12, 1969, Ball was the starting offensive right tackle for the Colts against the Jets in Super Bowl III. He missed out on a Super Bowl ring as the Jets won 16–7, but won one two years later in Super Bowl V.

The Jets drafted Sam Walton at right tackle in 1968, who struggled as a rookie before being replaced in the playoffs by Dave Herman who moved across from right guard. Ball's choice of signing with the Colts over the Jets influenced the drafting of Walton as Ball would have been used to replace Sherman Plunkett.

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