Ellison, 6-3, 315 pounds, has spent time on the practice squads and active rosters for Carolina, Houston, Baltimore, San Francisco Jacksonville and Kansas City since joining the Panthers as a third-round draft pick out of Missouri in 2005.
He began his career on the Carolina practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster for the final 10 games and three postseason games of the 2005 season. After being waived by Carolina following training camp in 2006, he spent a week with Houston before being signed to the Baltimore practice squad. Ellison was signed to the 53-man roster for the final two games of the season but was inactive for both contests. He began the 2007 season on the Baltimore practice squad before being signed to the San Francisco 53-man roster from the practice squad Sept. 5, 2007 and was inactive for all 16 games for the 49ers.
Ellison spent the first 14 weeks of the 2008 season on the San Francisco practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster of Jacksonville on Dec. 10. He was inactive for the final three games of the 2008 season with the Jaguars. He played in 15 games with six starts for Jacksonville in 2009 and finished with 16 total tackles, one sack and one pass defensed. Ellison was waived by Jacksonville at the end of training camp in 2010 and then spent a week on the 53-man roster for Kansas City before being waived on Oct. 27.
Atiyyah Ellison was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on January 4, 2011 ... Originally drafted by Carolina in the third round (89th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft ... Waived by Carolina (09/04/05) ... Signed by Carolina to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (09/14/05) ... Waived by Carolina (09/24/05) ... Signed by Carolina to the practice squad (09/27/05) ... Signed by Carolina to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (10/31/05) ... Waived by Carolina (09/02/06) ... Signed by Houston (09/03/06) ... Waived by Houston (09/07/06) ...Signed by Baltimore to the practice squad (09/12/06) ...Signed by Baltimore to the 53-man roster from the practice squad (12/04/06) ...Waived by Baltimore (09/01/07) ...Signed by Baltimore to the practice squad (09/02/07) ... Signed by San Francisco from he Baltimore practice squad (8/31/08) ... Waived by San Francisco (08/30/08) ... Signed to the San Francisco practice squad (08/31/08) ... Signed by Jacksonville from the San Francisco practice squad (12/10/08) ... Waived by Jacksonville (09/04/10) ... Signed by Kansas City (10/20/10) ... Waived by Kansas City (10/27/10).
2009 (15/6 - Jacksonville)
- Saw his first NFL playing time.
- Played in 15 games with six starts and finished with 28 total tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.
- Made his NFL debut at Indianapolis (9/13) in the season-opener.
- Made his first NFL start vs. Tennessee (10/4).
- Totaled a career-high six total tackles at Seattle (10/11).
- Recorded his first NFL sack vs. St. Louis (10/18).
- Suffered a knee injury in the loss at New England (12/27) and finished the season on injured reserve.
2008 (0/0 - San Francisco/Jacksonville)
- Spent the first 14 weeks of the season on the San Francisco practice squad before being signed to the Jacksonville 53-man roster on Dec. 10.
- Was inactive for four games with the Jaguars.
2007 (0/0 - San Francisco)
- Inactive for all 16 games with San Francisco after being signed from the Baltimore practice squad prior to the start of the regular season.
2006 (0/0 - Baltimore)
- Spent time on the Baltimore practice squad prior to being signed to the 53-man roster on Dec. 4.
- Was inactive for three games before
2005 (0/0 - Carolina)
- Inactive for 10 games and three postseason games after being signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad for Carolina.
- Played in 36 games with 31 starts for Missouri, tallying 171 tackles, 6.5 sacks and five passes defensed.
- Elected a team captain as a senior, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors after playing in all 11 games and tallying 60 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
- Tallied a career-high 72 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior.
- Attended Coffeyville (Kan.) Junior College for two years.
- Married (Jessica) with two sons, Braylon and Tyson.
- Attanded Parkway South (St. Louis) High, where he warned All-State and All-Metro honors as a senior after totaling 47 tackles and three sacks.
- Runs a summer football camp at a YMCA in Boonville, Mo. For children from kindergarten to 12th grade.
- Born Sept. 29, 1981