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|Date of birth:||July 21, 1961|
|Place of birth:||Fresno, California|
|High school:||Herbert Hoover (Fresno, California)|
|NFL Draft:||1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Henry Austin Ellard (born July 21, 1961) is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1983–1993), Washington Redskins (1994–1998), and the New England Patriots (1998) of the National Football League (NFL). Ellard also qualified for the Olympic trials in 1992 in the triple jump, although he injured his hamstring during the Trials and did not make the team.
High school and college
Ellard attended Hoover High School in Fresno, California. He won the CIF California State Championships in the triple jump in 1979 For college, Ellard stayed in town and attended Fresno State University from 1979 to 1982 where he set an NCAA record with 1,510 receiving yards in his final season. In Fresno State history, Ellard is tied for third in touchdown catches (25), fifth in receiving yards (2,947) and 11th in receptions (138).
- 1979: 9 catches for 136 yards with 3 TD
- 1980: 28 catches for 493 yards with 3 TD.
- 1981: 39 catches for 808 yards with 4 TD.
- 1982: 61 catches for 1510 yards with 15 TD.
Ellard still holds the NCAA record for yards per catch in a season, 24.4, set while playing for Fresno State in 1982.
Ellard was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. In the NFL, Ellard was known for using his height and jumping ability to get to high passes, his leadership, and his superior skills as a route runner. Respected commentators like Deion Sanders and John Madden have stated he is one of the best ever. In his eleven seasons with Los Angeles he went to three Pro Bowls, first selected as a punt returner in 1984, then as a wide receiver in 1988 and 1989. At the time of his retirement, Ellard held Rams' team records for career receptions (593), receiving yards (9,761), 100-yard games (26), punt return average (11.3), and total offense (11,663).
Upon joining the Redskins, Ellard set off on a blistering pace for the 1994 season, ending it with 1,397 yards, 102 behind league-leader Jerry Rice. He had three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, giving him seven for his career (his 799 yards in the strike-shortened 1987 season was on pace for an eighth). His final 1,000 yard season came in 1996 and required a 155-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys second-ranked defense to push him to 1,014 yards for the season.
As his production declined, Ellard became expendable, and found himself as a member of the Patriots in 1998. He retired after the 1998 season with 814 receptions for 13,777 yards, which placed him third on the all-time list, and 65 touchdowns. He also gained 1,527 yards returning punts, 364 yard returning kickoffs, 50 rushing yards, and 4 punts returned for a touchdown. Overall, he gained 15,718 total yards.
|1983||Los Angeles Rams||16||268||16.8||44||0|
|1984||Los Angeles Rams||34||622||18.3||63t||6|
|1985||Los Angeles Rams||54||811||15.0||64t||5|
|1986||Los Angeles Rams||34||447||13.1||34t||4|
|1987||Los Angeles Rams||51||799||15.7||81t||3|
|1988||Los Angeles Rams||86||1,414||16.4||68||10|
|1989||Los Angeles Rams||70||1,382||19.7||53||8|
|1990||Los Angeles Rams||76||1,294||17.0||50t||4|
|1991||Los Angeles Rams||64||1,052||16.4||38||3|
|1992||Los Angeles Rams||47||727||15.5||33t||3|
|1993||Los Angeles Rams||61||945||15.5||54||2|
|1998||New England Patriots||5||86||17.2||19||0|
After his retirement, Ellard became an assistant coach at Southern California Christian High School, then became an assistant track-and-field coach at Villa Park High School. In 2000, he was a coach at Fresno State before taking the receivers coaching job for the St. Louis Rams in 2001. On January 25, 2009 Ellard came to the New York Jets as the wide receivers coach. He was named the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints on March 14, 2012, and spent three seasons with the club before leaving after the 2014 season.He now is the WR coach at SA Christian High School.
- Weyler, John (September 13, 1993). "The Ellard of Old Shows Up for This One". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
- http://www.gobulldogs.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ellard_henry00.html Fresno State Bio
- http://planetrams.5u.com/hall19.html Planet Rams
- http://www.sports-focus.net/2009/08/history-of-hall-of-fame-wide-receivers.html Sports Focus
- Thomas, Jim (January 24, 2009). "Ellard to Jets, Baggett in as WRs coach with St. Louis Rams". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-03.
- http://www.newyorkjets.com/team/coach/1418-henry-ellard NY Jets