Kevin Ellison (American football)

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Kevin Ellison
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Ellison during his college career.
No. --     Free Agent
Safety / Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-08) January 8, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Inglewood, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189
Debuted in 2009 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Marcus Ellison (born January 8, 1987 in Inglewood, California) is a free agent American football safety who last played for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern California.

Early years[edit]

Ellison attended Redondo Union High School, where he starred as a running back and linebacker. He achieved many honors and awards including Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside Player of the Year, South Bay Daily Breeze All-Area Player of the Year, and All-Bay League MVP. He finished his high school career with a record 3,718 rushing yards on 578 carries and 297 tackles.

College career[edit]

Ellison graduated a semester early from high school and enrolled at USC in the spring of 2005 to pursue a social science economics degree. During his freshman season he spent most of his time as a back up safety and on special teams, and was selected to The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team. In 2006 he became the team's starting strong safety, finishing with 64 tackles, one interception, and 1.5 sacks. He made the 2006 Collegefootballnews.com Sophomore All-American second team and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention. In 2007 Ellison started all 13 games, finishing with 57 tackles, two interceptions, and two sacks.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

Ellison was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He started his first NFL game in week 6 against the Denver Broncos and recorded 7 tackles. He was waived on June 21, 2010.[1]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On June 22, 2010 Ellison was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived on June 25, 2010 after failing his physical.[2] He then cleared waivers and signed in order to "adjust contractual issues." Once again, he was united with his college coach. On September 5, 2010, Ellsion was released by the Seahawks.

Cathedral High School (Los Angeles, CA)[edit]

September 2011: Kevin Ellison became the Defensive Coordinator at Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, CA and was joined by his brothers, Keith who coaches the Linebackers and Chris who coaches the Defensive Backs.

Personal[edit]

Ellison's brother, Keith, was a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. Another brother, Chris, played for BYU in 1997 and 1998.[3]

On May 24, 2010, Ellison was arrested on possession of a controlled substance in Redondo Beach, California after a bottle of unprescribed vicodin pills that he was taking for a recent knee injury was discovered in his car during a routine traffic stop; the charges were later dropped.[4]

On June 14, 2012, Ellison was arrested again, this time for arson after starting an apartment fire in Spokane, Washington which caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to the building. He claimed God told him to do it.[1]

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