Elbie Nickel

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Elbie Nickel
No. 81
Position: 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
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 329
Receiving yards: 5131
Touchdowns: 37
Player 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 recorded 329 career receptions as a tight end and is now second in career receptions by a Steeler's tight end in team history behind only Heath Miller (490). 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. 

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