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A Former Ohio State TE Has Died At 50

A general view of Ohio State's football stadium.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 06: A general view of Ohio Stadium during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Ohio Bobcats on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Ohio State football program has been through some tragedy recently. First it was the death of former head coach Earle Bruce, and now one of Bruce's former players has died.

Former Buckeye tight end Jeff Ellis passed away last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer, the program confirmed today. Ellis was 50.

Ellis played for Ohio State from 1987-1991, first for Bruce and then for John Cooper. He caught 70 passes for 863 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

Ellis' top season came in 1988 when he hauled in 40 passes for 492 yards and two touchdowns, one of the bright spots in a dismal 4-6-1 season for OSU.

In Ellis' final three seasons in Columbus, the Buckeyes reached bowl games. He went on to have a brief stint with the Cleveland Browns.

Ellis is the son of former WBA heavyweight champion boxer Jimmy Ellis.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ellis family and the entire Ohio State football community.

RIP Jeff.