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Rhett Ellison
TE #85
Height:
6-5
Weight:
250
Age:
25
College:
USC
Hometown:
Portola Valley, CA
Experience:
3

Quick Stats (2014):

REC
3
YDS
65
AVG
21.7
TDS
0
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 15 191 12.7 29 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2014 MIN 4 3 3 65 21.7 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 11 6 5 61 12.2 17 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 16 7 7 65 9.3 29 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @STL W 34-6 1 22 22 22 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 NE L 7-30 1 24 24 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @NO L 9-20 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 ATL W 41-28 1 19 19 19 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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BIOGRAPHY

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (16/7, 1/0), 2013 (11/6). Total- 27/13, 1/0.

• Father, Riki, was a 2-time Super Bowl champ and 10-year NFL vet with San Francisco (1983-89) and LA Raiders (1990-92). 

• Spent 3 years in his father’s homeland, attending school and playing rugby and cricket in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

OFF THE FIELD Earned bachelor’s degree in international relations in spring 2011 and master’s degree in communication management in 2013 offseason...Father, Riki, was a USC standout from 1978-82, helping Trojans to the 1978 national championship...Riki went on to a 10-year NFL career with San Francisco (1983-89) and LA Raiders (1990-92)...Sister, Wesley, played water polo at Michigan....Father was the 1st New Zealander to play in the NFL and Rhett lived in New Zealand from age 4-7...Family ties to the Twin Cities and his mother grew up in Edina...Uncle, Dave Maley, played in the NHL and works on San Jose Sharks broadcasts.

GAMES/STARTS (regular season, playoffs) 2012 (16/7, 1/0), 2013 (11/6). Total- 27/13, 1/0.

• Father, Riki, was a 2-time Super Bowl champ and 10-year NFL vet with San Francisco (1983-89) and LA Raiders (1990-92). 

• Spent 3 years in his father’s homeland, attending school and playing rugby and cricket in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

OFF THE FIELD Earned bachelor’s degree in international relations in spring 2011 and master’s degree in communication management in 2013 offseason...Father, Riki, was a USC standout from 1978-82, helping Trojans to the 1978 national championship...Riki went on to a 10-year NFL career with San Francisco (1983-89) and LA Raiders (1990-92)...Sister, Wesley, played water polo at Michigan....Father was the 1st New Zealander to play in the NFL and Rhett lived in New Zealand from age 4-7...Family ties to the Twin Cities and his mother grew up in Edina...Uncle, Dave Maley, played in the NHL and works on San Jose Sharks broadcasts.

PRO Caught his 1st NFL TD on a 12-yard pass from Christian Ponder at Green Bay (11/24)...Joined 4 other Vikings rookies that started vs. Chicago (12/9/12), setting a Vikings record with 5 rookies opening a game...Lowest-drafted Vikings rookie in 2012 to start a game...Joins USC teammate Matt Kalil in 2012 Vikings draft class...Selected with club’s 2nd of 3 picks in the 4th round (#128 overall)...Teammates at USC with Kalil and DE Everson Griffen.

2013 Appeared in 11 games, starting 6 of them during his second NFL season...Started the season opener at Detroit, serving as the lead blocker on Adrian Peterson’s 78-yard touchdown run on the Vikings first play from scrimmage...Hauled in his first career touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Christian Ponder at Green Bay (11/24)...Had a season-best 2 catches at Cincinnati (12/22)...2 seperate injuries held him out of 5 games throughout the course of the season...Spent time on special teams, recording three tackles on the season...Four of his five receptions resulted in 1st downs for the Vikings.

2012 Started 7 games as a rookie, playing in all 16 and the Wild Card playoff at Green Bay...Regular on special teams units, ranked 3rd on team with 13 special teams tackles...Had season-best 2 catches with a long of 29 vs. Tennessee (10/7)...Hauled in 16-yard catch at Washington (10/14)...Played as an in-line TE and out of the backfield, paving the way for 2012 NFL MVP Adrian Peterson to rush for 2,097 yards, the 2nd-best season in NFL history...Started 1st career game at Detroit (9/30)...Helped set team record with 5 rookies starting a game vs. Chicago (12/9), joining Kalil, Jarius Wright, Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson.

COLLEGE Started 31 career games...Versatile performer who saw time at TE and FB while excelling on special teams as well...Was a full-time starter as a sophomore and junior before moving to FB as a senior...Started all 25 games over his final 2 seasons...Served as a team captain as a senior...Garnered 1st-Team All-Pac 12 honors as a special teamer as a senior in 2011...Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a junior...Named USC’s Co-Lifter of the Year as a junior and won team’s Leadership Award...Scored final collegiate TD in final game as a Trojan against UCLA in 2011...Had career-high 45 yards receiving at Minnesota as a junior in 2010...Scored career-best 3 TDs in 2010, catching TDs against Hawaii, Arizona and UCLA...Scored 1st career TD against San Jose State in 2009.

PREP Standout TE and LB at St. Francis High in Mountain View, CA...Earned SuperPrep All-Farwest and Prep Star All-West honors as a senior.

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