March 21, 2003
(Athens-AP) -- Former Georgia fullback Alphonso Ellis, who blocked for star runners Tim Worley, Rodney Hampton and Garrison Hearst, died today after a lengthy battle with colon cancer.
The 35-year-old Ellis played 42 games for the Bulldogs from 1987-90. Though he rushed for just 599 yards and one touchdown during his career, he was the primary lead blocker for three of Georgia's greatest backs.
Ellis, a native of Thomasville, died in Dallas, where he worked as a police officer.