Orange, Vermont, native David Ball is catching on with the Chicago Bears.
The graduate of Spaulding High School in Barre and the University of New Hampshire, had a key pre-season catch over the weekend as the Bears beat the Houston Texans 20-19.
While at UNH, Ball caught a record 58 touchdown receptions, breaking the NCAA Division-one record that had been held by retired NFL star Jerry Rice.
Ball, who signed with the Bears as a free agent, caught a 20-yard pass for a first down on the game-winning drive.
But he may have some more catching to do: Ball says he’s one of 11 wide receivers competing for seven or eight roster spots.