The Ole Miss football program has done a great job of putting players into the NFL, and one of the most successful former Rebels now playing in the league is standout running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis, known around the league as “The Law Firm”, was a crucial piece in the New England Patriots’ run to the Super Bowl a season ago, and his success earned him a three- year, $9 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, who were on the market for a starting running back during the offseason.
Green-Ellis’ path to Ole Miss was different than the typical Rebels’ football player, as he transferred in after two successful seasons at the University of Indiana. A Freshman All-American with the Hoosiers in 2003, Green-Ellis transferred to Ole Miss after his sophomore season, in 2005, and went on to become one of the most successful runners in the history of the program. In his first year with the Rebels, he ran for exactly 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns, and was named first-team All-SEC. He broke the 1,000 yard barrier again as a senior with 1,137 yards, becoming only the second player in Ole Miss history with back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. However, despite his successful in two major conferences, Green-Ellis went was not picked in the 2008 NFL draft, and was signed as an undrafted rookie by the Patriots. The rest of the league’s loss was New England’s gain, as he has developed into one of the best backs in the NFL.
Green-Ellis is a big, physical runner at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, and is not afraid of running through contact if necessary. He was particularly effective in the red zone and near the goal line, and has been in the top 10 in the league in rushing touchdowns each of the last two seasons, totaling 24 scores from 2010-2011. He has also never fumbled in an NFL game, a stat that has surely earned him a lot of trust with his coaches, as they know he is not going to put them in vulnerable situations with turnovers. While he is not a big play threat, with a long run of just 18 yards a season ago, Green-Ellis is valuable because of his reliability and dependability, traits that will keep him in the league for a long time. Fans with Ole Miss tickets did not get to see him for very long, but in his time with the Rebels, few runners were as consistent as Green-Ellis.