Willie Ellison
No. 33, 24     
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-11-01) November 1, 1945 (age 74)
Place of birth: Lockhart, Texas
Career information
College: Texas Southern
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 1967 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1974 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Rushing attempts     801
Rushing yards     3426
Rushing touchdowns     24
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William Henry Ellison (born November 1, 1945 in Lockhart, Texas) is a former American football running back who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs. Sporting #33, he spent his first four seasons in the NFL as backup behind Larry Smith, before taking over as starting tailback in 1971. On December 5, 1971 against the New Orleans Saints he rushed 26 times for 247 yards thus breaking Cookie Gilchrist's pro football record of 243 yards.[1] The NFL record at the time was held by Jim Brown, who ran 237 against the Los Angeles Rams in 1957. Ellison was subsequently named NFL Offensive Player of the Week by the Associated Press.[2] Eillison went on to the Pro Bowl after the 1971 NFL season. He played college football at Texas Southern.


Preceded by
Jim Brown
NFL single-game rushing record
December 5, 1971 – September 16, 1973
Succeeded by
O. J. Simpson

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