Henry Austin Ellard (born July 21, 1961) is a former WR who played for the Los Angeles Rams (1983–1993), Washington Redskins (1994–1998), and the New England Patriots (1998) of the NFL.
Henry attended Hoover High School in Fresno, California. He won the CIF California State Championships in the triple jump in 1979. Henry stayed in town and attended Fresno State University from 1979 to 1982 where he set an NCAA record with 1,510 receiving yards in his final season. Henry still holds the NCAA record for yards per catch in a season, 24.4, set while playing for Fresno State in 1982. His Quarterback was current Fresno State head coach Jeff Tedford.
Henry was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. In his eleven seasons with Los Angeles, he went to three Pro Bowls. At the time of his retirement, Ellard held 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).
Upon joining the Redskins, Ellard set off on a blistering pace for the 1994 season, ending it with 1,397 yards, 102 behind league-leader Jerry Rice. He had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, giving him seven for his career (his 799 yards in the strike-shortened 1987 season was on pace for an eighth). His final 1,000-yard season came in 1996 and required a 155-yard performance against the Dallas Cowboys' second-ranked defense to push him to 1,014 yards for the season.
After his retirement, Henry became an assistant coach at Southern California Christian High School, then became an assistant track-and-field coach at Villa Park High School. In 2000, he was a coach at Fresno State before taking the receivers coaching job for the St. Louis Rams in 2001. On January 25, 2009, Henry came to the New York Jets as the wide receivers coach. He was named the wide receivers coach for the New Orleans Saints on March 14, 2012, and spent three seasons with the club before leaving after the 2014 season. He now is the head football coach at San Antonio Christian High School.
Henry Ellard is married to Lillian Ellard and they have 3 children together.
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