LennyMoonSports pay tribute to Clem Daniels and Willie Ellison
By Lenny Moon
The world of sports recently lost two Texas natives that went on to make their mark in the National Football League. Both were star running backs and both chose to remain in the Lone Star State as student-athletes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. On March 11th, former Texas Southern halfback Willie Ellison’s life came to an end at 73 yrs of age, while Prairie View’s Clem Daniels passed on March 23rd at eighty three….. Ellison, a native of Lockhart, Tx , played in the NFL from 1967-72 becoming the Los Angeles Rams featured back beginning in 1971. His 247 yards vs the New Orleans Saints in 1971 was an NFL single-game record until broken by OJ Simpson five years later. Daniels NFL career spanned from 1960-68 and was a key weapon for Coach Al Davis Oakland Raiders. Daniels started for the Raiders in the very first Super Bowl vs the Green Bay Packers in 1967. The McKinney, Tx native is the American Football League’s all-time leading rusher.
Both of these native Texans that went on to star in the pro game, were 1,000 yard rushers (Ellison with 1,000 in 1971) for the Rams, while Daniels, who was a key cog in Prairie View’s 1958 National Championship team, amassed 1099 in 1963 for the Raiders…..
LennyMoonSports remembers former Texas prep stars & former HBCU stars that went on to make their mark in the NFL and AFL; running backs Clem Daniels of Prairie View and Texas Southern’s Willie Ellison.