Fresno State, Rams Great Henry Ellard Is Pro Football HOF Semifinalst


Henry Ellard has made it to the semifinals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process for the first time. The fast, acrobatic, and sure-handed wide receiver from Fresno was among 28 modern-day semifinalists for the 2023 class announced Tuesday morning. After a standout football and track and field career at Fresno State, Ellard played 17 seasons in the National Football League. He finished his pro career in 1998 among the all-time receiving leaders with 814 receptions, 13,777 yards, and 65 touchdowns. Moreover, the Hoover High School graduate accumulated those totals while playing 11 seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, who focused more on running than football than the passing game under coaches John Robinson and Chuck Knox.