Elliott, former Saints nose tackle, dies at 48

Associated Press

Updated: January 3, 2008, 1:33 PM EST 42 comments

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Tony Elliott, the New Orleans Saints nose tackle in the 1980s who was later paralyzed in a shooting, died at his home. He was 48.

A health care aide found Elliott dead in his bed Monday, brother Carl Elliott said. Morton's Mortuary confirmed the death Thursday.

Carl Elliott told the Connecticut Post his brother was restricted to a wheelchair and had congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Elliott was paralyzed from the waist down by a shooting in Stamford in 2000 after he retired from football, his brother said.

In seven years with the Saints (1982-88), he had 13 sacks. The 6-foot-2, 282-pounder was drafted by the Saints out of North Texas in the fifth round in 1982.

During his years with the Saints, Elliott funded an annual scholarship given to college-bound athletes at his Connecticut high school who excelled in academics, his brother said.

Elliott had been depressed since he testified last year on behalf of his ex-wife, Jeanette Foxworth, during her federal corruption trial, his brother said. Foxworth, the owner of a computer technology company in New Orleans, was convicted last April of wire fraud, lying to the FBI and conspiracy.

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