Ellison the quiet hero

USC tight end's legacy is complete, as his name adorns USC's special teams award

Updated: December 11, 2011, 5:59 PM ET
By Greg Katz |
LOS ANGELES -- It's not that senior fullback/tight end Rhett Ellison didn't want you to appreciate his contributions during his five years in the USC Trojans football program. It's just that he was too busy trying to make himself and his team better, day in and day out.

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Joe Andras/WeAreSC.comRhett Ellison entered USC as an overlooked son of a former USC star. He left as one of the most influential Trojans of the past few decades.
Showing up before practice and staying long after most of his teammates and the media had departed, his work ethic from his redshirt freshman season to his senior campaign was a classic example of the dedication to a game he loves so dearly.

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