8 Feb 2024

NZ Sporting History: Riki Ellison

From Afternoons, 2:25 pm on 8 February 2024

Christchurch-born Riki Ellison (Ngāi Tahu) was the first New Zealander to play American football professionally in the United States and the first to win a Super Bowl.

He won three during his time with the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s before launching his non-profit, the Missile Defence Advocacy Alliance.

Riki joins Jesse to discuss his Māori roots and fascinating family ties, plus what it's like to play in a Super Bowl.

Rikki Ellison in 1976

Rikki Ellison in 1976 Photo: Public Domain