Matt Elliott (American football)

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Matt Elliott
No. 52
Position: Guard / Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-10-01) October 1, 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth: Carmel, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 288 lb (131 kg)
Career information
High school: Carmel (IN)
College: Michigan (19881991)
NFL Draft: 1992 / Round: 10 / Pick: 336
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 63
Games started: 34
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Eric Matthew "Matt" Elliott (born October 1, 1968) is a former American football player. He played college football as a center and guard for the University of Michigan from 1988 to 1991. He started 35 games at Michigan and was selected as an All-American in 1991. He played professional football as a center and guard in the National Football League (NFL) for the Washington Redskins in 1992 and for the Carolina Panthers from 1995 to 1997.

Early years[edit]

Elliott was born in Carmel, Indiana, in 1968. He attended Carmel High School.[1]

University of Michigan[edit]

Elliott enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1987 and played college football for the Michigan Wolverines football teams from 1988 to 1991.[2]

As a sophomore, Elliott started all 11 games, nine at right guard and two at left guard, for the 1989 Michigan Wolverines football team that compiled a 10-2 record and was ranked #7 in the final AP Poll in Bo Schembechler's last season as head coach at Michigan.[3]

As a junior, Elliott started all 12 games, four at left guard and eight at center, for the 1990 Michigan team that compiled a 9–3 record and was ranked #7 in the final AP Poll.[4] Elliott started the season at left guard, but was moved to center after Steve Everitt broke his foot in Michigan's 45–17 victory over Maryland.[5] Elliott was named the co-MVP of the 1991 Gator Bowl at the conclusion of his junior season.[6]

As a senior, Elliott started all 12 games, eight at left guard and four at center, for the 1991 Michigan team that compiled a 10–2 record, won the Big Ten championship, and was ranked #6 in the final AP Poll.[7] Elliott again started the season at left guard, but moved to center for four games after Steve Everitt suffered a broken jaw in the Notre Dame game on September 14, 1991.[8] At the end of the season, he was selected as a first-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten player.[7][9]

Professional football[edit]

Elliott was selected by the Washington Redskins in the 12th round (336th overall pick) of the 1992 NFL Draft.[1] He was the final selection in the final round of the draft, giving him the designation of Mr. Irrelevant.[10] Despite the moniker, Elliott appeared in 16 games, two as a starter, for the Redskins during the 1992 season.[1] He spent the 1993 season on injured reserve, and he was cut during training camp in 1994.[11]

During the 1994 NFL season, Elliott was unable to sign with another NFL team. Instead, he worked as a sideline reporter covering Washington Redskins games and as a color commentator for high school football games in Loudoun County, Virginia.[11]

In 1995, Elliott attempted a comeback and signed with the Carolina Panthers. When he was announced as a starter for the Panthers during the 1995 preseason, Elliott described it as being "a little like a fairy tale" and "a dream come true."[11] He was the Panthers' starting right guard in 14 games during the 1995 season. The following year, he appeared in 16 regular season games, 12 as a starter, as a center and left guard for the 1996 Carolina Panthers team that compiled a 12–4 record, won the NFC West, and lost to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.[1] He was dubbed "Lego Man" in 1996 because he started at center and guard and also played some at tackle.[12] In his final NFL season, Elliott appeared in 16 games, six as a starter, as a left guard for the 1997 Panthers.[1] While playing for Carolina, Elliott founded Fatguy Charities to raise money for children.[10]

In four NFL seasons, Elliott appeared in 63 games, 34 as a starter, for the Redskins and Panthers.[1] He played longer in the NFL than any prior player to bear the "Mr. Irrelevant" moniker.[10]

Later years[edit]

After retiring as a player, Elliott covered NFL Europe on Fox Sports and college football games on ESPN.[13] As of 2006, Elliott was living in Warsaw, Indiana, with his wife, Kristin. His six-year-old son, Max, was battling leukemia at that time.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Matt Elliott". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michigan Football Roster Database". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "1989 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  4. ^ "1990 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Michigan's worries center on injury to Everitt". The Argus-Press. October 4, 1990. p. 16. 
  6. ^ "Michigan's Bowl Game History: 1991 Gator Bowl". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "1991 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Notre Dame". The Michigan Daily. September 16, 1991. p. 4. 
  9. ^ "Wolverine All-Americans". The Argus-Press. October 4, 1992. p. Supplement-2. 
  10. ^ a b c d Andrea Adelson (April 24, 2006). "Son's battle now makes Elliott Mr. Relevant". USA Today (AP story). 
  11. ^ a b c "Elliott get a chance to thank the Panthers". Herald-Journal, Spartanburg, SC. August 4, 1994. p. B4. 
  12. ^ "Castoffs and retreads are at the heart of upstart Panthers". Star-News. January 12, 1997. p. 2C. 
  13. ^ "Matt Elliott". MVP Sports Media Training. Retrieved April 8, 2015.