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Devale Ellis is a former American football player who currently works as a full-time YouTuber. He is famous for being the patriarch of the family vlogging channel “The Ellises”. He along with his wife have turned themselves into favorites of millions of people worldwide, for digital content.

Quick Info
Full NameDevale Ellis
Date Of BirthApril 2, 1984
Birth PlaceBrooklyn, New York
Parent(s)Troy Ellis (father), Karen Ellis (mother)
OccupationYouTuber / American Football Player
Height5 feet 10 inches (178 cm)
Weight174 lbs (79kg)
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorBlack
Zodiac SignAries
Martial StatusMarried
Wife(s)/Partner(s)Khadeen Ellis
Children3 sons; Jackson, Kairo and Kaz
Net Worth~$3 million

Early Life

Former American football player Devale Ellis was born on April 2, 1984, in Brooklyn, New York, to his parents Troy and Karen Ellis. His father worked as a computer operator for a bank, while his mother was a project manager at the Department of Environmental protection. He went to the James Madison High School in Brooklyn where he completed his secondary schooling. From an early age, he was interested in playing football and basketball and surprisingly excelled in both. In his senior year at the school, he performed amazingly in the Public School Athletic League.


Devale Ellis
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Being selected for Top Ten catches made and Top Ten touchdowns made by a wide receiver (the position he played in), he turned a lot of heads at a young age, earning him the nickname Devale “Show Time” Ellis.



After finishing high school,  Devale Ellis went to the Hofstra University in New York for higher education, where he continued to excel in football. He played with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston who happened to be his college mate at the time. During his days at the university, Ellis made 176 catches and scored 22 points, averaging a 12.5 per-catch average. In 2005, as a senior member of the team, he took Hofstra University to better positions in competitions, making 74 acquisitions for 943 arm-span and scoring five. He was ranked 2nd in the Atlantic in receptions and 3rd in receiving yards. As a rookie, Devale Ellis took the team by the sails with his 74 catches and 13 touchdowns.


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Professional Career

He was not selected in the drafts in the 2006 NFL drafts but was later hired as a free agent to play in the rookie minicamp by Detroit Lions. He was assigned to the Lions’ eight-man training squad. Although he showed promise in the opening game of the season, against Seattle Seahawks on September 9, 2006, he was soon deferred from the active roster and sent back to the training squad. On October 15, he was again called up to play against Buffalo Bills and kept making appearances thereafter. But unfortunately on August 30, 2008, the Detriot Lions released Devale Ellis because of financial cuts. 

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He stayed out of the football scene for the 2008 season but was hired by Cleaveland Browns mid-season in December 2008. It was said that he’d be placed in the active roster at the beginning of the next season but the team rejected him for reasons undisclosed on July 26, 2009, bringing his footballing career to a premature end.


Acting Career

After abruptly quitting his sports career for good in 2010, Devale Ellis started to work on his acting career. He spent most of his starting years making small guest appearances in TV series and shorts films like Young Like Us, Gotham, and The Mysteries of Laura. In 2017, he got his first lead role in a TV series that ran for 10 episodes. It helped to make his acting abilities recognized amongst various people in the industry, leading to him getting better offers and roles. He got some recurring roles in multiple series thereafter. His acting breakthrough came with the 2019 series Sistas, an American sitcom.


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YouTube Star

In 2010, Devale Ellis decided to pursue his dream of acting and performing, bidding farewell to the football world after a not-so-successful spell. He teamed up with his wife Khadeen Ellis to build a YouTube show in which they talked about family matters. The channel gave a glimpse into the life and challenges of the married couple and often engaged the audience with funny scenarios. They soon started creating popular content which included their sons as well. The people seemed to like what they had to offer and “The Ellises” became a popular YouTube channel watched by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Their channel has gathered over 40 million views.

The Ellis Family Podcast
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Along with running a successful YouTube channel, the Ellis couple also runs a podcast named Dead Ass. The podcast has received great success ever since it started, with each episode being downloaded over 150,000 times. Devale Ellis and his wife Khadeen have interviewed some popular personalities like President Joe Biden, Louis Car, and Melanie Fiona.


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Personal Life

Devale Ellis married Khadeen Ellis on the occasion of American Independence day in 2010 (4th July). They were in a relationship since their time at college where they were classmates. They have three sons; Jackson, born in 2011, Kairo in 2016, and the youngest one Kaz in 2017. During a session on their YouTube channel, in June 2021, which is also the primary source of information about the family, Khadeen revealed that the couple was expecting a fourth child.

The Ellis Family
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Both Devale Ellis and Khadeen have a harmonious relationship with one another and are always seen working to strengthen their family values and virtue. The children are happy and getting the life that they deserve. While most marriages end up in divorces these days, it is amazing how the Ellises have kept their love alive for more than 15 years.

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Social Media

Devale Ellis is an extremely popular figure on social media. The YouTube channel jointly operated by the entire Ellis family has over 350 thousand subscribers who enjoy watching their content on a regular basis. On Instagram alone, Devale Ellis has more than 1.5 million followers. He uses the platform to post pictures about the Family’s vacations, celebrations, and other personal updates. He is also followed by an additional 1.5 million followers on Facebook who make sure they don’t miss an update about him or the Ellis family that they so adore.

Devale and Khadeen Ellis
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Net Worth

The change in career path had made a huge difference in Ellis’ life and has made him a YouTube sensation with a lot of fame and money. Despite not earning as much as he’d have liked in Football, Devale Ellis made a fortune out of his YouTube channel. With more than 40 million views and counting, it is estimated that the former footballer now has accumulated worth somewhere between $2 – 3 million. Apart from that, he earns from his acting jobs, TV series that he works on, and also from the Podcast that the couple runs together. They also get revenues from sponsorships and endorsement deals because of their popularity.

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