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Alex Hoffman-Ellis (born August 14, 1989) is a former American professional Canadian football linebacker.

Alex Hoffman-Ellis
No. 12
Born: (1989-08-14) August 14, 1989 (age 29)
Los Angeles, California
Career information
CFL statusInternational
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight230 lb (100 kg)
CollegeWashington State
High schoolLos Angeles (CA) Hamilton
Career history
As player
2012St. Louis Rams*
2012Sacramento Mountain Lions
2012San Francisco 49ers*
20142015BC Lions
2016Hamilton Tiger-Cats*
20162017Edmonton Eskimos
*Pre-season and/or practice squad member only
Career stats

After playing college football for the Washington State Cougars, he was signed in 2012 by the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent. Hoffman-Ellis then attended their training camp, but was released that August, and briefly played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League before the league folded in October 2012. He was then signed to the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers on December 4, 2012, but released later that month, and played for two years for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.


Early lifeEdit

Hoffman-Ellis is Jewish, and grew up in Los Angeles, California.[1][2] He first attended Santa Monica High School, and then attended Alexander Hamilton High School, in Los Angeles.[3] At Alexander Hamilton he lettered in football (where he was team captain and played middle linebacker, tight end, and punter, recording 70 tackles), track and field (long jump, triple jump, and shot put), baseball (as an outfielder), and basketball. In basketball, he was a member of the gold medal-winning US National Team (15-16 year olds) for the Maccabi International Games (the Jewish Olympics).[4][5]

College careerEdit

He played at Moorpark College for a year.[4] There, he started 11 of 12 games at outside linebacker, amassing 91 tackles and two sacks.[4] He also competed on the track and field team, throwing javelin (finishing 5th in the state) and competing in long jump and on the 4x100-meter relay team.[4] He was inducted into the Moorpark Hall of Fame in javelin.[4]

Hoffman-Ellis then transferred to Washington State University and spent 2008 with redshirt status. In his remaining three years of eligibility, played in 35 games and started in 33 as a linebacker. He landed 253 total tackles and had four interceptions, including two for touchdowns. In 2011, he led the Cougs in stops, was named Second-Team All-Pac-12, and to Phil Steele's All-Pac-12 Conference second team, and was named to the Jewish Sports Review All-America 2011 Defense Team.[4][6][7] In his senior year, he was named Washington State's Defensive Most Valuable Player.[8]

Early careerEdit

Hoffman-Ellis Alex ran a 4.54 second time in the 40 yard dash, and jumped a 36 1/2" vertical at his pro day.[9] His time in the 20 yard dash was 2.63, and in the 10 yard dash was 1.57, he did 36 225-pound bench reps, his broad jump distance was 9' 11", his 20-yard shuttle time was 4.33, and his 3-Cone drill time was 7.09.[10] He weighed 232 pounds, and was 6 feet tall.[10]

He was signed by the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League as an undrafted free agent and attended their training camp, but was released on August 27, 2012.[11] He briefly played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League before the league folded in October 2012.[12]

He was signed to the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers on December 4, to a three-year $1.4 million contract, but released on December 25.[12][13][14][15] In 2013, he worked at Portland State University as a Strength and Conditioning intern.[16]

BC LionsEdit

In May 2014, Hoffman-Ellis was signed by the BC Lions. He remained on the roster as a reserve player for the first seven weeks, after which he was moved to the practice squad. He played for the first time in the final regular season game in Week 20, where he recorded eight defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and a forced fumble.[16] The Vancouver Sun described him as "a demon on special teams."[17] In 2015, his second year with the Lions, he had 57 tackles and three interceptions in 17 games, 10 as a starter.[18][19]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

In February 2016, he was signed as a free agent to a two-year deal by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.[18][19][20]

Edmonton EskimosEdit

On July 4, 2016, he was traded to the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for a conditional eighth round pick in the 2018 CFL Draft.[21]


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  2. ^ "Interview: Washington State's Alex Hoffman-Ellis - The Great Rabbino". Jewish Journal.
  3. ^ "Washington State senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis took an unusual route to success". The Seattle Times. 23 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Alex Hoffman-Ellis Biography".
  5. ^ "Lions' Alex Hoffman-Ellis has long wait to make first CFL start".
  6. ^ "Allison & Pelluer adding up to rare WSU feat". 22 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Jewish Sports Review - Home".
  8. ^ "Alex Hoffman-Ellis Biography". Washington State University Athletics. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  9. ^ Joe Stanfill (23 May 2012). "Undrafted Free Agent Primer: Alex Hoffman-Ellis". Turf Show Times.
  10. ^ a b "Alex Hoffman-Ellis - Washington State, OLB : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  11. ^ Thomas, Jim (27 August 2012). "No surprises so far among Rams roster cuts". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b Stalwick, Howie (25 December 2012). "OLD COUGAR LB LET GO BY 49ERS". Cougfan. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  13. ^ Fucillo, David (4 December 2012). "49ers sign LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis practice squad, according to report". Niners Nation - SB Nation. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Alex Hoffman-Ellis".
  15. ^ "Super Bowl Schmaltz".
  16. ^ a b "Alex Hoffman-Ellis". BC Lions. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Lions will look to Hoffman-Ellis to help fill Elimimian void".
  18. ^ a b "Lions take care of business early".
  19. ^ a b "CFL free agency: Andy Fantuz, Ted Laurent stay with Tiger-Cats". 9 February 2016.
  20. ^ "For Ticats, free agency could have been a disaster — and wasn't".
  21. ^ "ESKIMOS ACQUIRE HOFFMAN-ELLIS FROM TICATS". July 4, 2016. Retrieved July 4, 2016.