Before he became a pro wrestler, he was a teacher. Born April 16, 1937 in Madison Heights, Michigan, William James Meyer would earn a Master’s degree from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University before becoming George “The Animal” Steele.
Steele dropped the ceremonial puck in the game between Ice hawks and Flint Generals at McMorran Feb. 12 in Port Huron.
Prior to becoming the animal, Meyers coached football at Madison High School in Madison Heights.
According to the “History of the WWE” (WWE.com), Meyers was inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995.
Although Steele’s wrestling career spanned from 1967 through 1989, he continued making appearances through the late 1990’s.
The line to meet “The Animal” stretched out of the door of the McMorran Arena’s Pro Shop, around the corner and up one level into the main arena at McMorran.
A fitting tribute to the fans that still support him.