George ‘The Animal’ Steele dies at 79 after colorful life & career


The green-tongued turnbuckle eater is gone.

George “The Animal” Steele, a veteran professional wrestler whose career ended during the 1980s peak of the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and was known for his appetite for mayhem has died. He was 79.

Born Jim Myers, he was a multi-sport star in high school and a football player for (and graduate of) Michigan State. He also earned a master’s degree before he turned to professional wrestling in the 1960s — all this while also working as a high school teacher and coach the entire time. (He’s also a member of the state’s football coaches hall of Fame.)

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