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Catching Up With ... Former Colts tackle Sam Ball

Catching Up With ... Former Colts tackle Sam Ball

Sam Ball has a Super Bowl ring on his finger from Baltimore's 1970 NFL championship and a plaque on his wall naming him the 1990 Kentucky Soybean Association's Man of the Year. Life has been good to the All-American tackle-turned-farmer, who has reaped the rewards of two jobs well done.

"For a country boy to have played for the Colts, alongside seven (future) Hall of Famers, was every kid's dream," said Ball, 70. "Plus, I was their number one draft choice. What an honor. My gosh, that's right up there with cold beer and air."

Baltimore's first-round pick in the 1966 NFL draft, Ball helped anchor the...