Former Michigan State football player and WWE wrestler George “The Animal” Steele passed away on Thursday night in hospice care.
According to Wrestling INC, former WWE wrestler George “The Animal” Steele passed away on Thursday night at 79 years old. Steele had reportedly entered hospice care shortly before his death.
Steele was born in Detroit in 1937 and was regarded as a talented athlete throughout his childhood. He ran track and played basketball, baseball and football in high school. In 1956 Steele attended Michigan State, where he excelled as a football player. Unfortunately his career was cut short due to knee problems.
In 1967 he began his professional wrestling career, where he cultivated the image of a wild man, earning the nickname “The Animal.” Steele soon became one of the most popular wrestlers of his era.
Here are a few highlights from his Hall of Fame career:
Steele retired from professional wrestling in 1988, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.