Kevin Ellison (American football)

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Kevin Ellison
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Ellison during his college career.
No. 19
Position: Safety / Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1987-01-08)January 8, 1987
Inglewood, California, U.S.
Died: October 4, 2018(2018-10-04) (aged 31)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school: Redondo Beach (CA) Union
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 6 / Pick: 189
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Kevin Marcus Ellison (January 8, 1987 – October 4, 2018) was an American football safety in 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]

Born in in Inglewood, California, United States, 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 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.


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.[5]

Ellison died in October 2018 at the age of 31.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Chargers release safety Ellison". June 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
  2. ^ Johns, Greg (June 25, 2010). "Report: Ellison released after failing physical". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Agent offers explanation for Ellison's controlled substance arrest". Associated Press. May 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Ex-USC star safety: 'God' drove him to arson". 15 June 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
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  7. ^ "Former USC football safety Kevin Ellison dies at 31". 6 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

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