Jumbo Elliott (American football)

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John Elliott
No. 76
Date of birth: (1965-04-01) April 1, 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth: Lake Ronkonkoma, New York
Career information
Position(s): Offensive tackle
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36
As player:
1996–2000, 2002
New York Giants
New York Jets
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1993
Career stats
Playing stats at NFL.com

John Stuart "Jumbo" Elliott (born April 1, 1965) is a former American football player who played in the National Football League with the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Elliott played offensive tackle for the Giants from 1988–1995 and with the Jets from 1996–2000 and again in 2002. Elliott was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV.

Professional career[edit]

Elliott's most well known play probably occurred in a Monday Night Football game in 2000. Late in the fourth quarter the Jets were down by seven points to the Miami Dolphins when Elliott caught his only career pass,[1] thrown by Vinny Testaverde, for a touchdown to tie the game 37–37. This play was especially notable as it marked the end of the Jets miraculous comeback from being down by 23 points in the fourth quarter. The Jets would eventually go on to win 40–37 in overtime. The game would later go down in history as the "Monday Night Miracle".

Elliott was a favorite of Bill Parcells, for whom he played on both the Giants and Jets. Elliott made the Pro Bowl after the 1993 season and started over 150 games in his career.[2] Elliott was also well liked by the sports commentator and former Raiders coach John Madden, who named him to three of his "All-Madden" teams.

Legal troubles[edit]

In 2000, Elliott was fined $250 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service by a Nassau County judge for instigating a summer bar brawl that injured several patrons and three police officers.[3]


  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/columns/story?columnist=cimini_rich&id=5665842
  2. ^ Jets sign Jumbo Elliot, nfl.com, accessed January 12, 2007
  3. ^ "No jail for Jets". Associated Press (SI.com). 19 February 2000. Retrieved 5 December 2008.