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Henry Ellard

A veteran of a prolific 16-year NFL playing career along with 14 seasons in the coaching ranks, Henry Ellard returns in 2014 for his third season as Saints wide receivers coach.

A veteran of a prolific 16-year NFL playing career along with 14 seasons in the coaching ranks, Henry Ellard returns in 2014 for his third season as Saints wide receivers coach.

Ellard, a three-time Pro Bowl selection as a player (1984, 1988 and 1989), also was a first-team All-Pro selection in both 1984 and 1988 as a member of the Los Angeles Rams. Over the course of his illustrious playing career, Ellard recorded 814 receptions for 13,777 yards and 65 touchdowns after he was a second round selection of the Rams in the 1983 NFL Draft (32nd overall) out of Fresno State. At the time of his retirement from the NFL in 1998, Ellard held the Rams’ team records for career receptions (593), receiving yards (9,761), 100-yard games (26), punt return average (11.3) and total offense (11,663). In 1988, he enjoyed his finest season as he led the NFC in receptions (86) and led the NFL in receiving yards (1,414). Also a standout in the return game, he led the NFC in punt return average in 1984 (13.4, 2 TDs) and 1985 (13.5).

After leaving the Rams in 1993, Ellard joined the Washington Redskins in 1994, where he would post 1,397 yards receiving, the first of three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. He concluded his career with the New England Patriots and Washington in 1998. 

Ellard also owns the distinction of excelling at track and field, qualifying for the Olympic trials in 1992 with a 54’3-1/2 foot triple jump.

Ellard joined the Saints in 2012 after spending three seasons in the same position with the New York Jets as part of a staff that reached the AFC Championship game twice. 

In 2013, under his guidance, Marques Colston became the club’s all-time leader in both receptions and receiving yardage as he led the wideout corps in both categories, posting 75 receptions for 943 yards with five touchdowns. He also helped rookie Kenny Stills breakout on the NFC scene, recording 32 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns, leading the NFL with a 20.0 yards per catch average, the highest figure by a Saints rookie in franchise history.

His tireless efforts with Colston and Lance Moore helped the duo reach new heights in 2012. Colston recorded 83 receptions for 1,154 yards with 10 touchdowns, leading the team in yardage and scoring grabs, while Moore had 65 receptions for 1,041 yards with six touchdowns as he reached the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. For only the second time in franchise history, two wideouts reached the 1,000-yard mark. Through Ellard’s help, Colston also became the club’s all-time touchdown leader in 2012.

After his retirement, Ellard immediately stepped into the coaching ranks as an assistant at Southern California Christian High School. He then joined his alma mater, Fresno State, as a graduate assistant in 2000 and started his NFL coaching career in 2001 when he rejoined the Rams in St. Louis as an offensive assistant who worked with the team’s wideouts. Ellard served as wide receivers coach in St. Louis from 2002-08.

Under Ellard’s tutelage with the Rams, Torry Holt posted seven-consecutive 1,000 yard seasons and reached 11,000 yards in 131 games, the fastest in NFL history. He also coached Isaac Bruce to five seasons with 60-or-more catches and four 1,000-or-more yard seasons. Bruce and Holt combined for seven Pro Bowl berths during this period as they surpassed Ellard on the Rams’ all-time receiving list.

Ellard played for the Bulldogs from 1979-82. He set a then-NCAA record with 1,510 receiving yards (62 receptions, 24.4 avg., 15 TDs) in 1982 and finished his college career with 138 receptions for 2,947 yards and 25 touchdowns. Ellard is a Fresno native and a graduate of Hoover (Calif.) High School where he competed in both football and track.

PLAYING CAREER: Fresno State, 1979-82; Los Angeles Rams, 1983-93; Washington Redskins, 1994-97, 1998; New England Patriots, 1998.

COACHING CAREER: Southern California Christian High School, 1999;

Fresno State, 2000; St. Louis Rams, 2001-08; New York Jets, 2009-11; New Orleans Saints, 2012-.

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