PRO: Drafted in the seventh round (220th overall pick) of the 2009 NFL Draft…was the first defensive back from West Virginia drafted in team history.
Son of Bill and Sayinka Jackson ... one of four children … majored in athletic coaching education…Product of Mobile’s C.F. Vigor High, where he played for Coach Kerry Stevenson ... offensive player of the year in the district … first-team 6A all-state selection … as a senior, he scored 24 times, 19 rushing and five receptions … collected nine interceptions … set the school record for most interceptions in season with 13 as a junior … also a basketball point guard.
In 2009, Ellis participated in the Toyota Rookie Club appearing at numerous community events throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. The Toyota Rookie Club helps the franchises newest players become more involved in the Western New York community. Each month, Ellis and all first year players did one community appearance as a group. The Toyota Rookie Club events included a visit to Dave & Buster’s to play video games and host a pizza party with pediatric cancer patients hosted by Brian Moorman’s PUNT Foundation, a visit to the Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute Panthers in Toronto, Ontario to discuss the importance of sport and activity with the student-athletes and to present the football team with $3,000 in new equipment for the school’s football program, and a trip to the Northwest Buffalo Community Center in November 2009 where the Rookie Club Members served Thanksgiving Dinner to approximately 300 children and families. In addition to serving food, the players introduced themselves to the community members during a brief ceremony, sat and ate with them, and signed autographs.
The final Rookie Club appearance of 2009 took place at the Annual Bills Holiday Party. The Rookie Club and Bills veterans hosted nearly 100 children from a number of different local community organizations. The Annual Holiday Party gives children from the organizations an opportunity to celebrate the holidays with the Bills players, Jills cheerleaders, Billy Buffalo, and Santa Claus. The children received a holiday dinner, pictures and autographs and gifts from a wish list that they had previously submitted.