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48. Elbie Nickel

Elbie Nickel played his college football at the University of Cincinnati after serving his country in World War II. Nickel was a late-round pick (17thRound in 1947), but he parlayed that opportunity into an 11-year pro football career, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nickel was a backup and special teamer as a rookie, and he became Pittsburgh's starting Right End the year after.  The former Bearcat led the NFL in Yards per Reception (24.3) in 1949, and he was a Pro Bowl Selection three times (1952, 1953 & 1956).

Nickel’s last year was in 1957 when injuries caught up with him, and he retired with 5,131 Receiving Yards with 37 Touchdowns. He was named to their Hall of Honor in 2019.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: End, Flanker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 17th Round, 149th Overall in the NFL Draft 12/16/46.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1957 Season.
  • Games Played: 131
  • Notable Statistics:

    106 Games Started
    329 Receptions
    5,131 Receiving Yards
    37 Receiving Touchdowns
    1 Kick Return
    20 Kick Return Yards

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1952, 1953 & 1956)
    Most Yards per Reception (1949)

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