|Date of birth:December 17, 1943|
|Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio|
|College: Miami (Ohio)|
|NFL Draft: 1965 / Round: 12 / Pick: 159|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Dallas Cowboys ( 1965)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 3× All-MAC (1962, 1963, 1964)|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Ernie James Kellerman (also Kellermann) (born December 17, 1943) is a former American football safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Miami University.
He accepted a scholarship from Miami University, where he was coached by John Pont and Bo Schembechler. He became a three-time All-Mid-American Conference quarterback from 1962 to 1964. He established 14 records and is still Miami University's all-time total offensive leader with 3,978 yards. His biggest game passing came against Houston in the 1962 Tangerine Bowl when he completed 17 of 40 passes for 265 yards.
In his senior year, he set four passing records by completing 88 of 149 passes for 1,260 yards and a completion percentage of .591. His 88-yard touchdown pass enabled Miami to defeat Purdue, 10–7, for the upset of the collegiate football season in 1962.
In 1965, he was signed to the taxi squad of his hometown Cleveland Browns based on a recommendation from Schembechler. The next year, he made the team as a safety and played through the 1971 season, recording 17 interceptions over those six seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1968; he intercepted six passes that year, his highest season total. His lone NFL touchdown came in 1969 on an interception return against the Green Bay Packers. He was released on September 12, 1972.
- ↑ Palmer, Pete; Pullis, Ken; Lahman, Sean; Silverman, Matthew; Gillette, Gary. The ESPN Pro Football Encyclopedia: First Edition, p. 375. ESPN Books, 2006. ISBN 978-1-4027-4216-3.
- ↑ Toledo Blade. "Houston Mauls Miami in Tangerine, 49 to 21". December 23, 1962, p. 2-1. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.
- ↑ Chandler, John. "Miami's Victory Over Purdue Is Top Upset". Park City Daily News, December 23, 1962, p. 22. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.
- ↑ Palmer et al., p. 1361.
- ↑ Johnson, Chuck. "Browns Break Tradition, Defeat Packers". Milwaukee Journal, December 8, 1969, p. 17. Retrieved on June 12, 2013.