Elbie Nickel

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Elbie Nickel
No. 81
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1922-12-28)December 28, 1922
Place of birth: Fullerton, Kentucky
Date of death: February 27, 2007(2007-02-27) (aged 84)
Place of death: Chillicothe, Ohio
Career information
College: Cincinnati
NFL Draft: 1947 / Round: 17 / Pick: 149
Debuted in 1947
Last played in 1957
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1952, 1953, 1956)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 329
Receiving yards 5131
Touchdowns 37
Stats at NFL.com

Elbert Everett "Elbie" Nickel (December 28, 1922 in Fullerton, Kentucky – February 27, 2007 in Chillicothe, Ohio) was a professional American football tight end in the National Football League. He played eleven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1947–1957).

Nickel starred in three sports at the University of Cincinnati — he was an end on the football team, a top scorer on the basketball team and a pitcher / outfielder in baseball. His education was put on hold by Army service in World War II.[1]

Generally considered one of the best tight ends in Steelers' history, Nickel is tied with Heath Miller for most catches (329) by a tight end in team history.[2] In conjunction with the 2007 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Elbie Nickel was selected as one of 33 players on the Steelers' "all-time" team.


  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (2007-03-02). "Elbie Nickel / Best Tight End in Steelers History". Post-Gazette NOW News. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  2. ^ Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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