Former NFL player coaching at San Antonio high school up for NFL Hall of Fame

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When you picture in your mind where those famous football players from years ago are now, it probably isn’t inside a tiny wash room at a local high school.

But many days, it’s exactly where you’ll find former NFL player Henry Ellard.

Washing the team's football uniforms.

It's just one of the things he does as head football coach at San Antonio Christian High School.

Ellard spent sixteen years in the NFL. Since his retirement in 1998, he's seen a lot.

But he said here at the high school is where he belongs now.

"You're just watching these guys grow, day by day, week by week. That's really what it's all about,” said Ellard.

The thing about football is, you can leave the game, but sometimes, that game won't leave you.

Ellard is up for the NFL Hall of Fame.

An honor reserved for the best of the best.

"I'm humbled by it,” said Ellard. “To think I'd ever play at the NFL level, and let alone play sixteen years and all of a sudden now, my name is coming up for the Hall of Fame, It's just truly a blessing,"

But no matter the outcome, you can still find Ellard at the school, coaching kids, and making a difference along the way.

"To give back,” said Ellard. “That's what it's really all about. Not just to keep it to myself, but to be able to share these experiences with these young men I'm working with now, and hopefully inspire one of them.”