It’s a sad day for Bridgeport sports: Tony Elliott, one of the best football players to ever come out of Bridgeport, was found dead at his home of natural causes on Monday.
This story came to us last night in the form of anonymous phone call and appeared in our paper and our website today in a story by Joel Thompson.
Tony, a defensive lineman, who was a two-time first-team Connecticut Post all-star selection and a defensive player of the year who helped Harding defeat Fairfield Prep 27-7 to win its famous 1976 MBIAC title, avenging a 17-16 loss to the Jesuits in the regular season.
He starred in two years North Texas State after a stints in Wisconsin and Pratt Junior College in Kansas. He was drafted fifth in the 1982 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints and played seven years there.
In his 1998 bio for our “Best of the Best: Connecticut Post’s 25th Anniversary All-Star team” Tony said he was planning to come home to start a computer engineering firm in Stamford. It was after that his life took a turn for the worse, beginning with being paralyzed from the waist down during a 2000 shooting.
Read more in Thompson’s story, which includes comments from his brother Carl State Rep. Don Clemons and City Council member Warren Blunt, here
I was just a year old when Tony last played at Harding, but I’ve only heard good things about his career and place in Harding football history. For anyone who knew him or remembered seeing him play, feel free to add your thoughts about Tony on the comments section below.