Vermont native competes for Chicago Bears roster spot

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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.

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