Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/3/11

Arguably Ashley Lelie was one of the most dangerous wide receivers of all time. I guess I have somewhat of a biased opinion because he is one of my favorite players but that’s not important. The legend was born in Bellflower, California, but went to high school in Honolulu, and consequently was recruited to play football at Hawaii. In his sophomore year Lelie had 74 catches for 1110 yards and 12 touchdowns. And In his junior year he simply out-did himself. He caught 84 balls for 1713 yards and an unbelievable 19 touchdowns. He led the WAC in yards, yards per reception, and he led the NCAA in receiving touchdowns. But don’t give to much credit just yet, it’s pretty easy to catch 19 touchdowns when the great Timmy Chang is under center.

With the 19th pick of the 2002 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos made the best decision in american history and drafted Ashley Lelie. Lelie was the #3 receiver behind amazing veterans Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey. In his rookie campaign Lelie hauled in 35 balls from Brian Griese for 525 yards and 2 touchdowns. In 2003 he would slightly improve with 628 yards and 2 TD’s.

In 2004 with Jake Plummer at QB, and McCaffrey gone, Lelie suddenly became a fantasy stud. Lelie caught 54 balls (career high) for 1084 yards (career high) and 7 touchdowns (career high). He averaged 20.1 yards per catch (also a career high). He was a deep threat to say the least. After Lelie’s breakout season he kind of went downhill. The next season he had 770 yards and only found the end zone once. However, he led the league 2 years in a row with 20. 1 yards per catch and 18.3.

In 2006 Lelie joined the Atlanta Falcons. Ashley probably would have put up unreal numbers if Vick didn’t run every play, and he was able to throw the ball (at the time). Lelie had 430 yards for 1 touchdown that season. In 2007 Lelie became a 49er, but was only able to reel in 10 catches because Trent Dilfer, Alex Smith, Shaun Hill, and Chris Weinke were the Quarterbacks. Lelie’s career end with the Oakland Raiders, he caught 2 touchdowns.

Lelie’s career average yards per catch is 17.3. He was a first down extraordinaire.

Before Lelie was in the league you probably thought Ashley was a girl’s name, well guess again…..because it’s a man’s name now.

-Schotz

 

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