Rhett Ellison Celebrity Life
A tight end in American football, Rhett Ellison is a former player of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football at the University of Southern California, Ellison was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings.
He was also a part of the New York Giants for a period of three seasons. Ellison married Raina Hein, a fashion model, in 2016, and the two of them are parents to a daughter and a son.
Born on October 3, 1988, Ellison is the son of Riki Ellison, who won the Super Bowl championship thrice and is a former NFL linebacker.
He also happens to be related to Tamati Ellison and Jacob Ellison, who are both New Zealand rugby union, players.
Ellison completed high school at California’s Saint Francis High School, where he played high school football. His junior year saw him achieve four sacks and 27 tackles, while as a senior he had two sacks and 49 tackles.
Ellison finished his 2006 season honors with several accolades. Some of them were Prep Star All-West, Super Prep All-Farwest, and Long Beach Press-Telegram Best of the Rest.
A San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro honorable mention was a part of it all as well.
Scout Media and Rivals.com, which were the two biggest recruiting rating agencies of the given period, gave Ellison three stars out of five. They also counted him among the best 20 tight ends of his class.
Numerous Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference programs recruited Ellison. In addition to USC, he received scholarships from Virginia Tech, Arizona State, Oregon, and Cal.
On February 6, 2007, Ellison’s name was officially attached to USC. It was in 2007 when he redshirted the season with the Trojans as a freshman. Ellison was used as a backup tight end in 2008 while being a redshirt freshman.
Throughout the season, he played nine games, which included one tackle. The Penn State and UCLA games were started by him at fullback.
Right before the Oregon game, Ellison injured his right foot and ended up missing the next four contests. He played as a backup tight end for all the 13 games in 2009.
During that season, he had four tackles and one touchdown. As a junior, Ellison started every season at tight end in 2010, where he had three tackles and three touchdowns.
Ellison scored an honorable mention in the 2010 All-Pac-12. While playing for the Trojans, Ellison took on the role of a blocker, pass catcher, and a fullback. He also led the team as a captain in 2011.
Ellison’s leadership was felicitated in the form of an award that came to be known as the Rhett Ellison "Machine" Trojan Way Leadership Award.
Ellison was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 during the fourth round of the NFL Draft. It was in November of 2013 while playing against the Green Bay Packers when he scored the first touchdown of his career.
He also went on to score the third tight end rushing touchdown in the history of the franchise in 2016.
Ellison got into a four-year contract worth $18 million with the New York Giants in March of 2017. His year began as the backup tight end to the player, Evan Engram, in addition to being a fullback.
The Giants had their season opener on September 10, 2017, where they faced a 19–3 loss against the Dallas Cowboys. In this game, Ellison scored one reception for nine yards.
In December of that year, Ellison was placed on reserve due to an injury. His season ended with one touchdown and 18 catches for 167 yards. Ellison announced his retirement on March 9, 2020.
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