Tom Nelson (American football)

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Tom Nelson
No. --     Free Agent
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-04) December 4, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois State
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*-Offseason/practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • GFC All-Newcomer Team (2005)
  • GFC Freshman of the Year (2005)
  • 3× Second-team All-GFC (2006–2008)
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 36
Sacks 0
Interceptions 1
Stats at NFL.com

Tom Nelson (born December 4, 1986) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2009. In 2011, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, in 2013, played for the Chicago Bears, and in 2014, played for the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Illinois State.

Early years[edit]

Nelson grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois and attended John Hersey High School, Thomas Middle School, and Ivy Hill Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. Nelson was a Chicago Bears fan during his youth.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, Nelson was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2009. His attempt to make the Bengals' roster was chronicled on the HBO series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.[2] In his rookie season he had 25 tackles and an interception. He was waived on August 27, 2011.

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Nelson to a two-year contract on December 5, 2011, replacing Colt Anderson who had torn his ACL. He was released by the team on August 25, 2012.[3]

Chicago Bears[edit]

The Chicago Bears signed Nelson to a one-year contract on January 29, 2013.[4] On August 30, Nelson was among the final roster cuts.[5]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On July 27, 2014, Nelson was signed by the Carolina Panthers.[6] On August 31st, he was among the final roster cuts and no longer playing football.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-02-08). "Nelson thrilled to join hometown Bears". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  2. ^ Hard Knocks IV. bengals.com. September 3, 2009
  3. ^ McLane, Jeff (August 25, 2012). "Eagles release ten players". Philly.com. Retrieved September 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-01-29). "Marc Trestman adds Tim Tibesar as linebackers coach". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-01-29. 
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry (2013-08-30). "Bears cut 17 players, still have five to go". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  6. ^ Wilkening, Mike (2014-07-27). "Panthers sign safety Tom Nelson". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved 2014-07-29. 

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