Former Patriots, Broncos Running back Montee Ball Celebrates One Year of Sobriety


The 2013 second round pick had struggled with alcoholism for years.

By Bernd Buchmasser

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After a highly productive four years at Wisconsin, the Denver Broncos invested a second round draft pick in running back Montee Ball. Starting his pro career as a rotational member on one of the best offense’s in NFL history, Ball showed promise as both a runner and a pass catcher, finishing his rookie campaign with 704 yards from scrimmage and four scores.

However, it all went downhill from there. His second year in the NFL was marked by injuries and ended on injured reserve. Entering his third offseason with the Broncos, Ball was already fighting for his roster life – a battle he failed to win. Denver released him in September 2015 and the two-time All-American remained unsigned until the New England Patriots picked him up.

The Patriots signed the talented runner to their practice squad, where he spent the remainder of the 2015 season. After it ended, the team signed him to a one-year futures contract. A little more than a week later, Ball was released: He was jailed after a domestic violence dispute with his girlfriend. As it later turned out, the former second rounder was drunk at the time.

It would not be the only alcohol-related incident of Ball’s life…click here to continue reading