Elbie Nickel
No. 81
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born:(1922-12-28)December 28, 1922
Fullerton, Kentucky
Died:February 27, 2007(2007-02-27) (aged 84)
Chillicothe, Ohio
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:South Shore (Ky)
NFL Draft:1947 / Round: 17 / Pick: 149
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:5131
Player stats at NFL.com

Elbert Everett "Elbie" Nickel (December 28, 1922 – February 27, 2007) was a professional American football tight end in the National Football League. He played 11 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,[2][3] Nickel recorded 329 career receptions as a tight end and is now second in career receptions by a Steelers' tight end behind Heath Miller (490). In conjunction with the 2007 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Steelers, Nickel was selected as one of 33 players on the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Bouchette, Ed (March 2, 2007). "Elbie Nickel / Best Tight End in Steelers History". Post-Gazette NOW News. Retrieved January 3, 2008.
  2. ^ Wexell, Jim (March 1, 2007). "Elbie Nickel passes". 247Sports. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Maynard, Mark (August 26, 2010). "MAYNARD: McKell's Elbie Nickel became a Steelers legend". The Daily Independent. Retrieved August 20, 2018.