Avery Ellis
No. 98     Ottawa Redblacks
Ellis during a Redblacks game in 2021.
Born: (1994-10-03) October 3, 1994 (age 27)
Newark, New Jersey
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Position(s)Defensive lineman
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight250 lb (110 kg)
High schoolMontclair High
Career history
As player
2017–presentOttawa Redblacks
Career stats

Avery Malcolm Ellis (born October 3, 1994) is a professional Canadian football defensive lineman for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

University career

Ellis played college football for the Temple Owls from 2012 to 2016.[1]

Professional career

Following his collegiate career, Ellis signed with the Ottawa Redblacks on May 8, 2017.[2] He played in his first professional game on July 8, 2017, against the Toronto Argonauts, where he recorded two tackles, one sack, and one special teams tackle. He scored his first career touchdown on August 18, 2017, in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when he returned a fumble 30 yards for the score.[3] In 2017, he played in 16 regular season games where he made 28 defensive tackles and six sacks.[4]

Ellis played in the first six games of the 2018 season, before suffering an injury in the July 28 game against the Tiger-Cats. He returned for the last three games of the regular season and totalled 15 defensive tackles and three sacks in those nine games.[4] Following an East Final victory against the Tiger-Cats, Ellis played in his first Grey Cup game where he recorded three tackles. However, the Redblacks lost the 106th Grey Cup championship to the Calgary Stampeders.[4]

In 2019, Ellis played in all 18 regular season games and led the team with 54 defensive tackles and tied for the team lead with seven sacks.[5] He did not play in 2020 due to the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season and he re-signed with the Redblacks on January 15, 2021.[5]

Personal life

Ellis was born in Newark, New Jersey, to parents Lisa Hunter and Byron Ellis, and raised in Montclair, New Jersey, where he attended Montclair High School.[1] He has three younger sisters.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Avery Ellis". Temple Owls. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Transactions". Ottawa Redblacks. May 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Second-half surge leads Redblacks past Ticats". Canadian Football League. August 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Avery Ellis". Canadian Football League. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "RJ Harris and Avery Ellis return to Redblacks". Ottawa Redblacks. January 15, 2021.