Former Ohio State Tight End Jeff Ellis Dies At 50

By Dan Hope on May 2, 2018 at 10:35 am
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Former Ohio State tight end Jeff Ellis died last week at the age of 50 in Roseville, California, after a battle with pancreatic cancer, an Ohio State spokesperson said Wednesday.

Ellis, who played for the Buckeyes from 1987-91, caught 70 passes for 863 yards and five touchdowns in his Ohio State career. 

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, and the son of heavyweight boxing champion Jimmy Ellis, Jeff Ellis had his best season in 1988, when he caught 40 passes (fourth-most for an Ohio State tight end in a single season) for 492 yards (fifth-most for an Ohio State tight end in a single season), before his career was set back by a knee injury. 

Following his career at Ohio State, Ellis spent time with the NFL's Cleveland Browns.

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