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Former UGA football player loses battle with cancer

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.