Steele on a 1948 Bowman football card
|Date of birth||November 2, 1917|
|Place of birth||Bothell, Washington|
|Date of death||October 16, 2006(aged 88)|
|Place of death||Seattle, Washington|
|NFL draft||1942 / Round: 10 / Pick: 81|
Ernest Raymond Steele (November 2, 1917 – October 16, 2006) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, and the "Steagles", a team that resulted in the temporary merger of the Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in 1943. A graduate of Highline High School in Burien, Washington (which made him a charter member of its Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999), he played college football at the University of Washington and was drafted in the tenth round of the 1942 NFL Draft.
He played in two NFL championship games for the Philadelphia Eagles.
After ending his football career Steele opened a diner and sports bar in Seattle, named "Ernie Steele's." It became a landmark and operated under that name until he sold it in 1993. After the sale it was known for eight years as Ileen's Sports Bar, but the back was called "The Ernie Room." Since 2001, it has been a drag bar called Julia's.
Steele died in Seattle, Washington on October 16, 2006.
- "1999 Athletic Hall of Fame". Highline High School. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
- Robert Ketcherside (2016-12-18). "CHS Re:Take | The Julia’s building, past to present". Capitol Hill Seattle Blog. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
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