Ben Steele enters his second year on the University of Colorado football staff, his first year as the offensive graduate assistant after spending the 2009 season as an operations assistant. He joined the staff in March 2008.
Steele, 32, came to Colorado from Mesa State College, where he was an offensive assistant coach in 2008. Prior to returning to his alma mater at Mesa State to coach, he attended the Harvard Business School as part of the NFL Executive Business Program in 2006 where he received master's credit from the school.
Steele played in the National Football League for six seasons, signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2001 and earning a spot on the practice squad there as a tight end. He then signed with the Oakland Raiders for the 2002 season where he was a practice squad member for the Oakland team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII. He was a member of the Minnesota Vikings in 2003 before signing with the Green Bay Packers for the 2004-05 seasons and finishing his career on the Houston Texans from 2006-07.
He saw NFL game action in Green Bay in both 2004 and '05, playing in 17 games and registering four receptions for 42 yards on offensive and 15 tackles while playing special teams. He also signed with the Frankfurt Galaxy for the 2002 season where he recorded 11 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown.
He graduated from Mesa State College (Grand Junction, Colo.) in 2001 with a degree in communications, with an emphasis in broadcasting. While there he worked at various local media outlets including KMSA radio and he also returned to Grand Junction to work at KKCO NBC 11 News where he served as the weekend sports anchor during the off season in 2002 and '03. He earned all-conference honors at Mesa State as a junior and senior year played in a Division II all-star game.
He started his collegiate career at Fort Lewis College, where he played football from 1996-98. He redshirted the 1996 season and then played tight end in 1997 and '98 where he hauled in 10 receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown.
He was born May 27, 1978 in Denver and attended Palisade High School in Palisade, Colo., where he played basketball and football. He is married to the former Rachel Stophlet.