Canadian Football Legends
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Ellison Kelly bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Ellison Kelly

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1960 - 1970

Toronto Argonauts
1971, 1972

Awards and Honours

Eastern All-Star Guard
1961 - 1964 (4)

Canadian Football League (CFL) All-Star Guard
1964 (1)

Eastern All-Star Offensive Tackle
1968 - 1971 (4)

CFL All-Star Offensive Tackle
1969 - 1971 (3)

Grey Cup Participation
1961 - 1965, 1967, 1971 (7)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1963, 1965, 1967 (3)

Career Highlights

  • Played 175 games, never missing a regular season game.

Ellison Kelly was a high draft choice of the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL), and played with them before coming to Canada to play for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during the 1960 season.

Kelly usually played Guard or Tackle, but the versatile performer also provided depth at the Defensive End and Linebacker positions. Teammates recall him as being a tough, solid competitor, even when injured.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1992 as a player.

Class of 1992

Ken CharltonRalph CooperEllison KellyDon Sutherin

Football Reporters of Canada

Bob HanleyBob PickensJim Proudfoot

Kelly, Ellison
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