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Updated: September 21, 2013 6:30AM



HAMMOND — It’s not easy following in your big brother’s footsteps. It’s even harder when that older sibling is quite well-known.

That’s exactly what Ethan Ellison has to deal with at Gavit, where is brother, Christian, was a standout running back for the Gladiators, averaging more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns a season during his last two years on the football field before graduating in 2011.

“He was somewhat of a legend here,” said Ethan, who will be a senior leader at running back for the Galdiators. “He’s taught me a lot about the game.”

Christian actually was a specimen as an all-around athlete, playing defense end, punter, kicker and linebacker in addition to running back.

“He was the greatest athlete I’ve ever coached,” said Gavit coach Robert Robinson, who also coached at city rival Hammond High and won quite a few games there with some talented athletes. “He was a man — 6-foot-1, 220 pounds and a 4.5 40-yard dash. Ethan’s got big shoes to fill.”

It may be a challenge since he’s playing the same position with similar expectations, but Ethan says he’s going to try.

“I wouldn’t mind trying to overshadow him a little bit, but I’m just trying to get better every day and at least fill his shoes,” he said.

That sounds like Ethan is putting some pressure on himself, but Robinson isn’t too concerned with one of his smartest and hardest-working players.

“I don’t worry about his overall work ethic,” Robinson said. “He’s never missed a weight room session and he’s added 15 pounds to his frame.”

Ellison has also got faster during track season, and will be counted on to be a leader for the Gladiators.

“He knows exactly what everybody’s job is on the field,” Robinson said. “He’s carried that over from his brother. There’s book smart and sports smart and Ethan has both of them.”

That’s where Ethan has the best shot at overshadowing Christian. Ethan has a 3.7 grade-point average while Christian attended a junior college in Arizona after graduating.

“It’s all about working hard every day,” Ethan said.



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