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Rhett Ellison

Rhett Ellison is a retired NFL player from the United States. Rhett Ellison played from tight end and fullback position, played for the Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants during his playing career.

Early Life

Rhett Ellison was born on the 3rd of October 1988, in Portola Valley, California, the United States. He holds US citizenship and belongs to the Māori-Ngāi Tahu ethnicity. According to the astrological chart, he has a birth sign of Libra and he is currently 34 years old. His birth name is Rhett Marshall Ellison.

He was born to his parents; Riki Ellison (father) and Sheila Ellison (mother). His father is also a former USC NFL linebacker and is a three-time Super Bowl winner. Meanwhile, his grandfather, Thomas Ellison was the first captain of the All Blacks. His grandfather led New Zealand on their first tour to Australia in 1893.

Rhett Ellison – Education

Moving onward to his academic background,  he attended Saint Francis High School located in Mountain View, California. During his high school career, Rhett Ellison excelled in football and was a standout player for the St. Francis Lancers.

He played as a tight end and a linebacker, showcasing his skills on both sides of the ball. His athleticism and football IQ made him a valuable asset to his high school team.

Several institutions offered him scholarships in recognition of his extraordinary achievements, but he picked USC (University of Southern California), his mother’s alma mater. He committed to USC for his freshman year and remained there for five years, from 2007 to 2011.

During his four years of competition at USC, the youthful soccer star caught 53 passes for 471 yards and six scores. He also had nine tackles, seven of which were solo.

He ensured that his five years at USC were not wasted by earning a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in communications.

Professional Career

Rhett Ellison was taken in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, 128th pick overall, by the Minnesota Vikings. On November 24, 2013, he caught his first career touchdown pass against the Green Bay Packers.

In 2016, he became the third tight end in franchise history to rush for a touchdown. He made his first career touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2013. In 2016, he scored the franchise’s third tight end rushing touchdown.

He made his first career touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2013. In 2016, he scored the franchise’s third tight end rushing touchdown. He signed a four-year, $18 million contract with the New York Giants on March 10, 2017.

Caption: Rhett Ellison grabbing the ball and running from opponent (Source: Pioneer Press)

Moreover, he began the season as Evan Engram’s backup tight end. He also saw action at fullback. Meanwhile, he recorded one reception for nine yards in the Giants’ season-opening 19-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on NBC Sunday Night Football on September 10, 2017. He caught his first touchdown as a Giant in a Week 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Additionally, he was placed on injured reserve with a concussion on December 27, 2019. Through 10 games, he has 18 receptions for 167 yards and one touchdown. However, he announced his retirement from football on the 9th of March 2020.

Rhett Ellison – Awards

Meanwhile, Ellison made his first career touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers on November 24, 2013. In 2016, he scored the franchise’s third tight end rushing touchdown. When it comes to his accomplishments and honours, he may not have received them yet, or he may have kept them private and away from the media.

Net Worth 2023

Ellison’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million as a result of his successful career. Meanwhile, he earned through his playing career as an NFL player.

Relationship Status

Rhett Ellison is married to fashion model Raina Hein, runner-up of season 14 of America’s Next Top Model. With the marriage, the couple has two children whose names are yet under review.

Caption: Rhett Ellison with his wife and their daughter (Source: X)

The former footballer has not yet been involved in any kind of issues. He is able to keep his professional and personal lives free of gossip and controversy.

Body Measurements

Caption: Rhett Ellison training time (Source: Pinterest)

This handsome former NFL player stands 6 feet 5 inches tall (196 cm) and weighs around around 115 kg (255 lbs). In addition, he has a pair of brown eyes with brown hair colour while his other body measurements are under review.

Social Media

Currently, this former NFL player is not present on any kinds of social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition, he prefers to live a low profile.