|Date of birth:March 22, 1973|
|Place of birth: Mancos, Colorado|
|NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Detroit Lions ( 1995)
| As coach:|
* Idaho (2017-present) (DL)
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× Pro Bowl (1999, 2000)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Luther John Elliss (born March 22, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the University of Utah, and was recognized as an All-American. Drafted in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, Elliss played professionally for the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos of the NFL. He was a two-time Pro Bowler.
Early years[edit | edit source]
College career[edit | edit source]
Elliss received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Utah, and played for the Utah Utes football team as a defensive lineman from 1991 to 1994. He chose Utah since basketball coach Ron McBride told him that he could also play on the basketball team under coach Rick Majerus. After one season he decided to play football full-time. He was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection in 1992, 1993 and 1994. As a senior in 1994, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All American, and was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Professional career[edit | edit source]
The Detroit Lions selected Elliss in the first round (20th pick overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played for the Lions from 1995 to 2003. His nickname during his time in Detroit was "Pass Rushing Luther," and earned it with 324 tackles and 27.0 quarterback sacks with the Lions. The Lions released him after appearing in only five games in 2003. He played his final season with the Denver Broncos in 2004, seeing action in eight games and registering two sacks.
In his ten-season NFL career, he played in 134 regular season games, started 119 of them, and compiled 331 tackles, 29.0 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and four deflected passes. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1999 and 2000.
NFL statistics[edit | edit source]
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Coaching career[edit | edit source]
On February 27, 2017, Elliss was announced as the new defensive line coach for the Idaho Vandals football team under head coach Paul Petrino. Prior to joining the Vandals, he spent two seasons as the team chaplain for the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Elliss and his wife, Rebecca, have 12 children – seven of whom are adopted. Two of his sons, Christian and Kaden, play (or played) football for Idaho. In 2019, his son Kaden Elliss was drafted by the New Orleans Saints.
References[edit | edit source]
- National Football League, Historical Players, Luther Elliss. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Luther Elliss Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1995 National Football League Draft. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Luther Elliss. Retrieved February 7, 2012.
- "Luther Elliss Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/753/luther-elliss. Retrieved 7 July 2014.