Roger Nelson (Canadian football)

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Roger Nelson
No. 66
Born:(1932-05-08)May 8, 1932
Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Died:July 29, 1996(1996-07-29) (aged 64)
Houston, Texas
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
NFL draft1954 / Round: 14 / Pick: 164
Drafted byWashington Redskins
Career history
As coach
1963Edmonton Eskimos (OL Coach)
As player
1954, 19561967Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
AwardsCFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award (1959)
  • 4× All-Western Offensive tackle (1957–1960)
  • Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour (1987)[1]
Career stats

Roger Nelson (May 8, 1932 – July 29, 1996) was an American and Canadian football offensive tackle and guard. He played in the Canadian Football League for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1954 to 1967 and was a part of two Grey Cup winning teams for the Eskimos.[2] Nelson played college football at the University of Oklahoma and was drafted in the fourteenth round of the 1954 NFL Draft.

Nelson was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1986, the Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour in 1987, and, as part of the 1954–1956 Edmonton Eskimos football teams, the Alberta Sport Hall of Fame in 2007.[2][3]

His son, Mark Nelson, played for the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders between 1980 and 1986 and has coached in both college football and the Canadian Football League.[4] His grandson, Kyle Nelson, played tight end for the New Mexico State Aggies college football team and is currently a Long snapper for the San Francisco 49ers.[5]


  1. ^ "Wall of Honour". Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. Archived from the original on 2020-03-28. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. ^ a b "Roger Nelson". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  3. ^ "Nelson, Roger". 1954–1956 Edmonton Eskimos Football Teams. Alberta Sport Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-12-23.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Mark Nelson". University of Tulsa. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  5. ^ "Kyle Nelson". New Mexico State University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23.