|No. -- Free Agent|
|Date of birth:April 12, 1979|
|Place of birth: Indianola, Mississippi|
|High School: Indianola (MS) Gentry|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)|
|College: Mississippi State|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 6 / Pick: 183|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2008|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Ellis Rashad Wyms (pronounced /ˈwɪmz/) (born April 12, 1979) is an American football defensive tackle who is currently a free agent. He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the sixth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
College career[edit | edit source]
Wyms went to Mississippi State and played as a Bulldog. He racked up 120 career tackles, with 69 solo tackles. He also collected 10 quarterback sacks in just 40 career games for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Wyms started on the defensive line eight times as a senior. Wyms was the Bulldogs' top reserve player. In his first career start, against Oklahoma State, Wyms racked up six tackles. He majored in technology and education.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit | edit source]
Wyms was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 183rd pick of the 2001 NFL Draft, in the sixth round. In his first season, he played in four games (at the Detroit Lions, vs. the New Orleans Saints, vs. the Baltimore Ravens, and vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he did not start until the Philadelphia Eagles playoff game in which the Buccaneers lost.
Ellis Wyms did not start a game in the Bucs' Super Bowl-winning season, but he ranked third on the team with 5.5 sacks. Throughout the season, he recorded 38 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Wyms registered his first career sack against the Baltimore Ravens. During the divisional playoffs game versus the San Francisco 49ers, Wyms played along the defensive line a lot, racking up five tackles and defending one pass. In Super Bowl XXXVII against the Oakland Raiders, Ellis Wyms sacked Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon. He also added three tackles against the Raiders.
Wyms played in 13 games in the 2003 season, but the Bucs slumped from their Super Bowl glory to a 7-9 record. Wyms missed the last three games of the season after being placed on injured reserve because of a sprained left knee. Despite the injury, Wyms recorded 22 tackles, two sacks, and three defended passes on the season.
Wyms also had a shortened season in 2004 because of injury. He played in six games before leaving on October 23, 2004 for injured reserve due to a shoulder injury. In this dismal season for the Buccaneers (5-11 record), Ellis Wyms only totaled 19 tackles, two of them for losses. He eclipsed his career-high tackle mark against the Denver Broncos with 8 tackles. Wyms also contributed eight tackles against the St. Louis Rams.
Things started looking up for Wyms in the Buccaneers' first playoff season since 2002. He played in all 16 games, and started against the New England Patriots. However, the defense allowed 28 points and the Buccaneers were shutout by the reigning NFL champions and Wyms allowed quite a few runs up the middle. Ellis Wyms appeared in his 50th career game against the Carolina Panthers on December 11, 2005. Ellis Wyms finished the season with a disappointing 17 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one pass defensed. He also sacked Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell in their wildcard contest.
On September 1, 2007 the Bucs released him.
Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]
Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]
On March 17, 2008, Wyms signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings worth $1.5 million and including a $500,000 signing bonus.
Personal[edit | edit source]
Wyms contributes to the community through the "Strong Minds, Strong Bodies" program. The program provides monthly reading activities and career advice to underprivileged children in the city of Tampa. He also participates in many community activities. In high school, he recorded 124 tackles and 7 sacks.
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