Kelly, Ellison

This four-time All-Canadian all-star on the offensive line ended his career with Toronto in 1971-72 after 11 seasons in Hamilton and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1992. After football, Ellison worked at the Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre. Ellison, who passed away Feb. 11, 2016 was a gentleman in the true sense of the word.

Elli’s Prayer

(read by Ellison Kelly at Canadian Football Hall of Fame events for many years)

Dear God, in the battle that goes on through life, I ask for a field that is fair, a chance that is equal with all in the strife, and the courage to strive and to dare. And if I should win, let it be by the code, with my faith and my honour held high. And if I should lose, let me stand by the road and cheer as the winners go by.