Nov. 28, 2000
Boston College senior tight end Robert Ellis (Baytown, Texas) has been named the winner of the 2000 Jerry Nason Award for Senior Achievement given by the New England Football Writers. Ellis will be presented with the award when the group holds its annual dinner on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The award is given each year to a football player from a New England university or college who has overcome adversity to succeed in college football.
Ellis started nine games for the Eagles this year and was the fourth-leading receiver on the team with 15 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Ellis played in 28 games and made 30 receptions for 351 yards and two TDs.
Ellis overcame a drug-infested childhood, the illness of his mother and the uncertainty that football was for him to become a productive member of the BC team.
Ellis enrolled at Boston College in 1996 and made considerable progress during his first three years. At the end of the 1998 season, his mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer. He returned home to take care of his mother and wrote term papers and took a final examination from home. In February of 1999, she received a clean bill of health.
He left the team prior to the spring of 2000 for personal reasons, but decided that he missed football and wanted to return. He was eventually placed back on the squad prior to fall camp of 2000.
Ellis is involved in a number of other activities, including the Voice of Imani, a choir on campus, Black Campus Ministry and the First Holiness Pentecostal church in Cambridge.
Ellis has already earned his undergraduate degree in marketing and is currently taking graduate classes in pastoral ministry.
The dinner will be held at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph. For ticket information, call Bentley College sports information director Dick Lipe at 781-961-4660.