Jack Ellena
Date of birth: (1931-10-27)October 27, 1931
Place of birth: Susanville, California
Date of death: March 23, 2012(2012-03-23) (aged 80)
Place of death: Palm Desert, California
Career information
Position(s): Guard/Nose guard/Offensive tackle
Career highlights and awards
Military service
Awards: 1954 College Football All-America Team
1954 UPI Lineman of the Year

Jack Duane Ellena (October 27, 1931 – March 23, 2012) was an American football player.

Ellena played offensive tackle for coach Red Sanders at UCLA from 1952 to 1954. He was a member of the Bruins team that lost the 1954 Rose Bowl and was named that year's FWAA & UPI national champions. That same year, Ellena was named to the College Football All-America Team and won the UPI Lineman of the Year.

In addition to playing football for the Bruins, Ellena wrestled heavyweight at UCLA. He was a two-time Pacific Coast Intercollegiate heavyweight champ (1953, 1954), and placed fourth at the 1953 NCAA wrestling championships at Penn State, earning All-American honors.

Ellena was selected in the 19th round (228th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He played guard and nose guard for the Rams from 1955 to 1956.[1] He was cut by the Rams in 1957 and was unable sign with any teams in the National Football League or Canadian Football League.

After his football career, Ellena ran Mountain Meadow Ranch, a summer camp located near his home town of Susanville, California. In 1987, he was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.


  1. "Jack Ellena". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved December 22, 2010.
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