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Ellison Kelly

Born: May 17, 1935

Birthplace: Butler

Profession: American football player

Nationality: United States

Ellison Kelly

Date of Birth : May 17, 1935
Birth Place : Butler

Ellison Lamar Kelly, raised in Lake City, Florida and Sandusky, Ohio, is a former American and Canadian football offensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1960–1970 and the Toronto Argonauts from 1971-1972 of the Canadian Football League. He also played in the National Football League for the New York Giants. Kelly never missed a game in his 13 seasons in the CFL, playing 175 consecutive games. Kelly usually played guard or tackle, but the versatile performer also provided depth at the defensive end and linebacker positions. Teammates recall him as being a tough, solid competitor, even when injured. He won three Grey Cups for the Tiger-Cats in 1963, 1965 & 1967 and played in the 1971 Grey Cup with the Argonauts. Kelly was drafted in the fifth round of the 1959 NFL Draft by the Giants after a stellar career at Michigan State University, but he opted to go to Canada to play in the CFL in his second season. Kelly is one of the few football players to have a race horse named after him.


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