Bruce Nelson (American football)

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Bruce Nelson
No. 72
Position: Guard / Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-05-12) May 12, 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth: Emmetsburg, Iowa
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 301 lb (137 kg)
Career information
High school: Emmetsburg (IA)
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 15
Games started: 1
Player stats at

Bruce Edward Nelson (born May 12, 1979) is a former American football guard and center of the National Football League.[1]


Nelson was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and attended the University of Iowa.[2] He played college football at Iowa.[3] Nelson was 1st team All-American and 1st team All-Big Ten in his senior season in 2002. He was also team captain 2002 and also had

He was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft.[4] His NFL career was limited to two seasons because of hip injuries.

Nelson now resides in his hometown of Emmetsburg, Iowa. He also went to Emmetsburg High School as a high ranked academic athlete. He now helps with Emmetsburg's varsity football team by spending time with them throughout training and 2-a-days. He comes to practice every Tuesday and comes to help on the sidelines as an assistant coach every game.


  1. ^ "Bruce Nelson". Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Nelson". Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bruce Nelson". Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  4. ^ "2003 NFL Player Draft". Retrieved 2008-06-16. 

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