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Leo William "Ducky" Elter (October 21, 1929 – August 23, 2008) was an American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins.

Leo Elter
No. 39, 32, 34
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1929-10-21)October 21, 1929
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died:August 23, 2008(2008-08-23) (aged 78)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Pittsburgh (PA) Shaler Area
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (1956)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:73
Rushing yards:1,380
Receiving yards:556
Total touchdowns:11
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early lifeEdit

Elter was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Shaler Area High School, where he played football and baseball.

College careerEdit

Elter started his college football career at Duquesne University, but then transferred to Villanova University after the Duquesne team disbanded for a short time.


After graduating from college, Elter joined the United States Marine Corps[1] and was recruited to play for the football team at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Professional careerEdit

After being discharged by the Marines, he was signed by Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers.[1] During his seven-year career in the NFL, he played four seasons with the Steelers (1953 to 1954 and 1958 to 1959) and three with the Washington Redskins (1955 to 1957), rushing for a total of 1,380 yards and catching passes for a total of 556 yards. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1956.

After footballEdit

After retiring from football, Elter worked at the Allegheny County Workhouse in Blawnox, Pennsylvania and coached the inmates' football team. He was elected to the Duquesne University Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2000, he was inducted into the American Football Association Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ a b Kurutz, Daveen Rae (2008-08-26). "Ex-Steeler Elter called career 'a dream come true'". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2008-08-26.

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