Ellison Kelly

Class of 1992

Ellison Kelly was a high draft choice of the New York Giants, and played with them before coming to the Canadian Football League 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. During his 13-year career, Kelly never missed a game, playing 175 consecutive regular season contests.

In a 1962 game program Kelly was described as, “…One of the stalwarts of the Tiger-Cat line…He came to the cats…And immediately established himself as one of the foremost linemen in the Big Four.”

Playing Career

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1960 - 1970
Toronto Argonauts
1971, 1972


  • All-Eastern Guard
    1961 - 1964
  • All-Canadian Guard
  • All-Eastern Offensive Tackle
    1969 - 1971
  • All-Canadian Offensive Tackle
    1969 - 1971
  • Grey Cup Participation
    1961 - 1965, 1967, 1971
  • Grey Cup Winning Teams
    1963, 1965, 1967