Gregory Lemont Ellis was born in Wendell North Carolina where he attended High School. Ellis was an all-state selection as a tight end and defensive end . During his high school career, he had five interceptions and returned all five for touchdowns. He also blocked four punts and returned two for touchdowns. The Greensboro News and Observer recognized his talent and named him Male High School Athlete of 1993. Greg also met and later married his high school sweetheart Tangie.
Greg went on to attend the University of North Carolina where he had 32.5 career sacks and left the University as the school’s all time sack leader. He was a All-ACC selection three straight years, was a finalist for the Lombardi Award, and earned All American honors.
Greg just completed his 11th season with the Dallas Cowboys. He was picked in the first round of the 1998 draft. He became the first rookie defensive end to start a season opener since Bob Lilly in 1961. Greg also was the first rookie to lead the team’s defensive linemen in tackles.
Greg Ellis has suffered many injuries in his 11 years with the Cowboys and has managed to miss only 14 games out of 176. He has endured serious injury and position change and still played 162 games. Greg has a career total of 365 tackles and 77 sacks! To me that is amazing. Greg is a inspirational player that has given 100% to the Cowboys.
In 2007 Greg made his first Pro-Bowl. He had a career high 12.5 sacks while playing in just 13 games. He has had so many highlights throughout his eleven seasons, and here are just a few.
* In 2006 he made his third career interception when Bradie James tipped the ball, Greg then handed the ball off to Terence Newman who ran it back to the 12 yard line. Terrell Owens scored a touchdown the next play to beat Houston.
* In 2004 he had the most pass breakups by a Dallas defensive lineman since Ed Too Tall Jones in 1988 with a total of 14.
* In 2003 he led the team in sacks for the third straight year with 8, the most by a Cowboy since Tony Tolbert in 1996.
I want to remind you of this highlight too which I know you will all remember.
* The game was September 12, 1999 against Washington. He had 2 sacks and a forced fumble. The first sack came with the Redskins at the Dallas 4-yard line and Greg forced a fumble, which George Teague recovered. The second sack came on third and three on the Redskins first possession in overtime and forced them to punt. Dallas then drove 95 yards for the game winning score.
* Greg also holds the record for the longest touchdown return by a defensive lineman in club history returning a fumble 98 yards for a touchdown.
Those are just a few highlights in his storied career as a Cowboy.
After researching Greg Ellis I am sure he will be considered a Legend in years to come. He isn’t one of the players that stand out and get a lot of press like DeMarcus Ware or Jay Ratliff, but his stats speak for themselves.
He has been a solid player for the Cowboys and I feel he deserves to be in the Ring of Honor and the Hall of Fame in the future. He is a Legend in the making and deserves to be in our Galaxy of Stars.