American Football Database
American Football Database
Ashley Lelie
Lelie in 2012
No. 85, 87, 18     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-02-16) February 16, 1980 (age 41)
Place of birth: Bellflower, California
Career information
College: Hawaii
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 2002 2005)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-WAC (2001)
Receptions     217
Receiving yards     3,749
Receiving touchdowns     15
Stats at

Ashley Jovon Lelie (/ləˈl/; born February 16, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver.[1] He was drafted by the Denver Broncos 19th overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hawaii.

Lelie has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and was briefly signed by the Kansas City Chiefs, but was released before the 2009 season began.

Early years

Lelie attended Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a three-sport standout in football, track, and basketball. In football, he won All-District and All-State honors. In basketball, he won All-District honors and in track, he won an All-League honors.

In 2006, Lelie donated a scoreboard to his alma mater. Ashley is the son of retired United States Marine Rene Allday Lelie and Annetta Lelie a nurse.[2]

College career

Lelie was a standout wide receiver at Hawaii from 1999 to 2001. He places prominently on Hawaii's career receiving lists:

  • 8th in career receptions (194)
  • 5th in career receiving yards (3,341)
  • 4th in career receiving touchdowns (32)

NFL career

Lelie was selected by the Denver Broncos with their first pick (19th overall) in the 2002 draft. He became a starter in 2004 when he recorded his best year with 54 receptions for 1,084 yards.[3]

Lelie became unhappy in Denver at the start of the 2006 season when Denver traded for Javon Walker during the 2006 NFL Draft. He skipped training camp and asked to be traded, which led to tension with head coach Mike Shanahan.[4]

Lelie was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in a three-way deal with the Washington Redskins in August 2006, and went on to play as a backup for the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders in subsequent seasons.[5]

Coaching career

In 2014 Lelie was hired by the Alabama A&M Bulldogs football team to be their wide receivers coach.[6]

During the 2013 football season Lelie served as the offensive quality control coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack football team under new head coach Brian Polian. Lelie joined former Hawaii teammate and offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich.[7][8]

See also

  • List of NCAA major college football yearly receiving leaders


  1. "Chiefs add free-agent receiver Lelie". Associated Press. August 17, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2009.
  2. "Lelie Scores Big with Radford High School". Honolulu Advertiser. January 12, 2005.
  3. "Ashley Lelie's NFL stats". Kansas City Chiefs. September 5, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  4. "Shanahan growing tired of Lelie's absences - NFL - ESPN". May 16, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  5. "Falcons acquire disgruntled WR Lelie from Broncos - NFL - ESPN". August 23, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  6. "Alabama A&M hires former NFL player, Nevada assistant Ashley Lelie as wide receivers coach". January 23, 2014. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  7. "Former first-round draft pick Lelie added to Pack's staff". April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  8. "Former Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie joins Nevada as assistant". Denver Post. April 3, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2013.

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