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November 11, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
When Raider defensive lineman Jerry Ball confronts Ram running back Jerome Bettis on the field Sunday, there may be plenty of ferocity, but no animosity. Bettis and Ball have met many times before in friendlier circumstances. When Bettis, a Detroit native and star running back at Notre Dame, was considering leaving school after his junior year, he and his parents went to Ball, then a Detroit Lion, for advice on jumping early into pro football.
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February 21, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seven months after their friend and sailing partner drowned in the Santa Barbara Channel, a Ventura couple have been awarded a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard for their heroic efforts in trying to save the man's life. On July 28, 38-year-old Jim Donnell and his wife, Heather, 35, were returning to Ventura Harbor after a trip aboard their 50-foot sailboat Thistle.
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June 22, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
The Raiders made a big addition to their defensive line Tuesday. The question is, how big? The club signed defensive tackle Jerry Ball, an unrestricted free agent from the Cleveland Browns, to a multiyear deal. Ball, a seven-year veteran and a three-time Pro Bowl player, spent six of those seasons with the Detroit Lions before being traded to the Browns a year ago. The 6-foot-1 Ball reported to Cleveland at 345 to 350 pounds, according to observers.
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September 19, 1996 | Associated Press
Do the Oakland Raiders have a surprise in store for the San Diego Chargers? Defensive tackle Jerry Ball, all 317 pounds of him, has been staying after practice to catch passes from quarterback Jeff Hostetler. "It's not whether or not I want to catch the ball, it's whether they trust me enough to throw it to me," Ball said. Ball has been used as a fullback in some short-yardage situations, and Raider Coach Mike White vows to use Ball more in the goal-line offense.
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September 19, 1996 | Associated Press
Do the Oakland Raiders have a surprise in store for the San Diego Chargers? Defensive tackle Jerry Ball, all 317 pounds of him, has been staying after practice to catch passes from quarterback Jeff Hostetler. "It's not whether or not I want to catch the ball, it's whether they trust me enough to throw it to me," Ball said. Ball has been used as a fullback in some short-yardage situations, and Raider Coach Mike White vows to use Ball more in the goal-line offense.
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December 1, 1994 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no question that Raider nose guard Jerry Ball is a force in the middle. Just ask the offensive linemen around the NFL who have gone up against him over the last eight seasons. "Jerry Ball is the man ," New Orleans Saint guard Jim Dombrowski said. "When he gets in the middle, he's a load to move."
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October 14, 1994 | LONNIE WHITE
Terry McDaniel intercepted three passes in the Raiders' victory over New England last Sunday, but on one of them he benefited from a tipped pass by defensive tackle Jerry Ball. At 6 feet 1 and 310 pounds, Ball does not have the look of an explosive leaper. But his size is deceiving. "Hey, I can get up," said Ball, who with 14 tackles and two sacks has been a pleasant surprise for the Raiders after signing as a free agent from Cleveland.
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February 21, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Seven months after their friend and sailing partner drowned in the Santa Barbara Channel, a Ventura couple have been awarded a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard for their heroic efforts in trying to save the man's life. On July 28, 38-year-old Jim Donnell and his wife, Heather, 35, were returning to Ventura Harbor after a trip aboard their 50-foot sailboat Thistle.
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December 1, 1994 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's no question that Raider nose guard Jerry Ball is a force in the middle. Just ask the offensive linemen around the NFL who have gone up against him over the last eight seasons. "Jerry Ball is the man ," New Orleans Saint guard Jim Dombrowski said. "When he gets in the middle, he's a load to move."
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November 23, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
Look at Jerry Ball and the word quick doesn't exactly come to mind. Huge. Imposing. Immovable. Those are more likely descriptions of the 6-1, 300-pound defensive lineman, who has most often been compared to a fire hydrant. But ask the New Orleans Saints and they'll tell you how well Ball moves. In Sunday's game at the Coliseum, Ball crossed the line of scrimmage so quickly after the center snap on one occasion that it appeared he was offside.
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October 14, 1994 | LONNIE WHITE
Terry McDaniel intercepted three passes in the Raiders' victory over New England last Sunday, but on one of them he benefited from a tipped pass by defensive tackle Jerry Ball. At 6 feet 1 and 310 pounds, Ball does not have the look of an explosive leaper. But his size is deceiving. "Hey, I can get up," said Ball, who with 14 tackles and two sacks has been a pleasant surprise for the Raiders after signing as a free agent from Cleveland.
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June 22, 1994 | STEVE SPRINGER
The Raiders made a big addition to their defensive line Tuesday. The question is, how big? The club signed defensive tackle Jerry Ball, an unrestricted free agent from the Cleveland Browns, to a multiyear deal. Ball, a seven-year veteran and a three-time Pro Bowl player, spent six of those seasons with the Detroit Lions before being traded to the Browns a year ago. The 6-foot-1 Ball reported to Cleveland at 345 to 350 pounds, according to observers.
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