Al Nesser

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Al Nesser
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Date of birth: June 6, 1893
Place of birth: Columbus, OH, United States
Date of death: March 1967 (aged 73)
Place of death: Akron, Ohio
Career information
Position(s): Offensive lineman
Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
College: None
As coach:
1926 Akron Indians
As player:
Columbus Panhandles
Canton Professionals
Akron Pros
Columbus Panhandles
Cleveland Bulldogs
Akron Indians
Cleveland Panthers
New York Giants
Cleveland Indians
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x NFL Champion (1920, 1927)
  • Buffalo Evening News: 1st team all-APFA (1921)
  • George Halas: 2nd team all-NFL (1922)
Career stats
Playing stats at
Coaching stats at Pro Football Reference

Alfred "Al" Louis Nesser (June 6, 1893 – March 1967) was a professional American football offensive lineman. He played for 7 teams (Akron Pros, Cleveland Bulldogs, Columbus Panhandles, Akron Indians, New York Giants, & Cleveland Indians) in the National Football League and the Cleveland Panthers in the first American Football League. He won NFL Championship titles with the Akron Pros in 1920 and the New York Giants in 1927. During his career, Al played against Charlie Copley, Fritz Pollard and Jim Thorpe.

Although he didn't play college football, prior to the formation of the NFL, Al played in the "Ohio League" for the Columbus Panhandles and the Canton Professionals (later renamed the Canton Bulldogs). He was one of the seven Nesser Brothers who played professional football. He became the last Nesser brother to retired from the game, when he ended his playing career in 1931. He was the last football player to play without having to use a mandatory helmet.

Although none of the Nessers have been named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Al was elected to the professional branch of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in 1952.