|Born:||May 17, 1935|
Butler, Georgia, U.S.
|Died:||February 11, 2016 80) (aged|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||250 lb (110 kg)|
|High school||Sandusky High School|
|NFL draft||1959 / Round: 5 / Pick: 59|
|Drafted by||New York Giants|
|1959||New York Giants|
|1960–1970||Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)|
|1971–1972||Toronto Argonauts (CFL)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||1964, 1969, 1970, 1971|
|CFL East All-Star||1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971|
Ellison Lamar Kelly (May 17, 1935 – February 11, 2016) was an American and Canadian football offensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1960–1970 and the Toronto Argonauts from 1971-1972 of the Canadian Football League. He also played in the National Football League for the New York Giants. Kelly never missed a game in his 12 seasons in the CFL, playing 175 consecutive games. Kelly usually played guard or tackle, but the versatile performer also provided depth at the defensive end and linebacker positions. Teammates recall him as being a tough, solid competitor, even when injured. He won three Grey Cups for the Tiger-Cats in 1963, 1965 & 1967 and played in the 1971 Grey Cup with the Argonauts.
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