Generally, non Quarterbacks don’t have spectacular seasons in their 30’s, but Henry Ellard did. In fact, he really didn’t become a star in the National Football League until he turned 27.
The first few years of Henry Ellard’s career was fairly nondescript, but he would then see his number called more often and he responded with seven seasons of 1,000 yards or more. He became the Rams go to receiver and would perform the same duty as a Washington Redskin. He excelled as a brilliant route runner, but his talents often went unnoticed in the era of Jerry Rice.
What also hurts his Hall of Fame candidacy is that for all the yards he tabulated through passes, his touchdown tally is relatively low. Without that sexy statistic and with only three Pro Bowl berths, this could explain why someone who accumulated so many yards has not been given serious consideration for enshrinement.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Fresno, California, U.S.A.
Los Angeles Rams
New England Patriots
2nd Round, 32nd Overall in 1983
Major Accolades and Awards:
Pro Bowl Selections (3) (1984, 1988 & 1989)
First Team All Pro Selection (2) (1984 & 1988)
Most Receiving Yards (1) (1988)
Most Receiving Yards/Game (2) (1988 & 1989)
Other Points of Note:
Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (2) (1988 & 1990)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards (4) (1988, 1989, 1990 & 1994)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Touchdowns (1) (1988)
Top Ten Finishes: Receiving Yards/Game (5) (1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1994)
Notable All Time Rankings:
9. Receiving Yards: 13,777
22. Receptions: 814
40. Receiving Touchdowns: 65
43. Receiving Yards/Game: 60.4
Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: