Sedrick Ellis
Ellis in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 98     
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-05-09) May 9, 1985 (age 35)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
High School: Chino (CA)
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2008 for the New Orleans Saints
Last played in 2012 for the New Orleans Saints
Career history
* New Orleans Saints ( 2008 2012)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Retired
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles     134
Quarterback sacks     12.5
Forced fumbles     2
Stats at

Sedrick Dwayne Ellis (born July 9, 1985) is a former American football player. He was a defensive tackle who played for the New Orleans Saints and was briefly under contract to the Chicago Bears before retiring at 28. He played college football for the University of Southern California (USC), and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints seventh overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, and played for the Saints for five seasons.

Early yearsEdit

Ellis was born in Chino, California. Ellis prepped at Chino High School. He was involved with teams that went to back to back CIF title games 2000, 2001. Ellis, along with teammate Chris McFoy, who was on these Chino teams, played in the NFL. While in high school Ellis played defensive tackle and fullback in goal line situations.

College careerEdit

Ellis attended the University of Southern California, where he played for coach Pete Carroll's USC Trojans football team from 2003 to 2007. As an underclassman, he learned under All-American Mike Patterson[1] Ellis finished his redshirt junior season at the University of Southern California during the 2006 season. He was first team coaches and All-Pac-10 conference, first-team College Football News All-America team and won the Morris Trophy. Ellis was a major force in USC's victory over then-No. 3 Michigan in the 2007 Rose Bowl, recording a season-high 7 tackles, a sack and a pass deflection. Following the performance, Ellis considered making the jump to the National Football League in the 2007 NFL Draft but decided to come back for his senior season and would go pro in 2008; part of his decision to stay was tied to classmate and highly touted defensive lineman Lawrence Jackson.

Bench pressing more than 500 pounds, he was the strongest player on the Trojans roster and was named one of the "Pac-10's Top 10 Players" by Sports Illustrated going into the 2007 season.[2] At the end of the 2007 season, Ellis was voted the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches, and was selected to the all-conference first team.[3]

Ellis was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from the Associated Press,,, AFCA, Walter Camp Football Foundation, FWAA and Sporting News.[4][5]


Although Ellis was the strongest person on the 2007 Trojans and only the third player under Pete Carroll's Trojan tenure to lift over 500 lb (230 kg), he had only started lifting weights since he was 15 (10 years as of 2010) because his father would not allow him to lift at a younger age.[6] In addition to benching a team-best 510 lb (230 kg), at the 2007 spring pro day Ellis hoisted 225 lb 42 times.[1] Because of his strength, the Trojans had to purchase a set of 200-pound dumbbells for their weight room just to accommodate him (the previous high were 160s); Ellis would do sets of eight reps on the incline bench with the 200s.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

<center> Team <center> GP <center> GS <center> TT <center> Solo <center> Ast <center> TFL <center> Sack <center> PD <center> INT <center> FF <center> FR <center> Hurr <center> BK <center> TD
2003 USC 1 000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 000
2004 USC 110 20 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 200
2005 USC 13 135028 22 8 3 0 1 1 60 0
2006 USC 10 1034 17 17 8 3 0 0 2 71 0
2007 USC 14 1358 29 29 12½ 7 0 1 2 90 0
Career 48 36144 74 70 28½ 17½ 13 0 2 5 2410

Professional careerEdit


Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 0½ in 305 lb 5.05 s 1.84 s 3.07 s 4.74 s 7.79 s 32½ in 8 ft 8 in 36 rep

Bench Press: 440 lb (200 kg); Squat: 560 lb (250 kg)[8]

New Orleans SaintsEdit

Ellis was drafted by the New Orleans Saints seventh overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. The Saints original draft spot was 10th, but they traded up with the New England Patriots. The teams swapped first round picks, the Saints gave up their third round selection (78th) and the Pats gave back their fifth round selection (164th).[9] The Patriots used the tenth pick to select linebacker Jerod Mayo.

Initially, New Orleans attempted to trade up for LSU DT Glenn Dorsey, whom they had valued higher than Ellis. They had purportedly offered a deal to the Kansas City Chiefs which included their first- and second-round picks and their first-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft[10] but the Chiefs decided to draft Dorsey instead.

In New Orleans, Ellis was reunited with Saints defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who was his assistant coach at USC for his freshman year and responsible for recruiting him. Extended negotiations over contract details, not uncommon with high draft picks, led the defensive tackle to miss six days and 12 practices of training camp until a contract was agreed to on July 29. His initial five-year contract is worth a maximum value of $49 million, with $19.5 million in guarantees; however portions are based on hard-to-reach incentives that may bring the realized value of the agreement lower.[11]

2008 seasonEdit

Ellis started and played 13 regular season games in his rookie season for the Saints, who finished 8-8. Sedrick recorded 30 tackles (20 solo) and 4 sacks.

2009 seasonEdit

Ellis started and played 10 regular season games in his second season with the Saints, who finished 13-3 and went on to win Super Bowl XLIV. Sedrick recorded 34 tackles (26 solo) and 2 sacks in the regular season. Ellis started at Defensive Tackle for the Saints in the Super Bowl, recording three tackles.

2010 seasonEdit

Ellis started and played in all 16 regular season games for the Saints for the first time in his NFL career, recording 44 tackles (30 solo), which marked a career high. Ellis also led all Saints defenders with 6 sacks on the year. New Orleans finished 11-5, good for 2nd place in the NFC South. Ellis started at defensive tackle in the Saints' Wild Card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, recording 3 total tackles.

2011 seasonEdit

Ellis started all but one game during the Saints 13-3 run in 2011 that resulted in another NFC South title. He had 32 tackles (including playoffs) and four passes defended.

2012 seasonEdit

Ellis started and played in all 16 regular season games, recording 36 tackles (13 solo).

Chicago BearsEdit

On June 11, 2013, Ellis signed a one year. $1 million contract with the Chicago Bears,[12] a team that had a top five defense in yards and point-per-game allowed the year prior.

On July 25, 2013, Ellis did not report to training camp and advised the Bears of his intention to retire from the NFL.[13]


Ellis has a pet Rottweiler named Junior.[1]


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