Jimmy Nelson (American football)

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Jimmy Nelson
Position: Halfback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1919-07-26)July 26, 1919
Place of birth: Live Oak, Florida
Date of death: December 24, 1986(1986-12-24) (aged 67)
Place of death: Encinitas, California
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school: Live Oak (FL) Suwannee
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1942 / Round: 19 / Pick: 174
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

James Guess Nelson (July 26, 1919 – December 24, 1986) was an American football running back. He played one season in the AAFC for the Miami Seahawks.[1] Nelson played college football at Alabama, where he was part of the 1941 National Championship team.[2] Though selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1942 NFL Draft, he did not play professional football until 1946. Instead, he served at March Field during World War II.[3]


  1. ^ Crippen, Kenneth R. (2009). The Original Buffalo Bills: A History of the All-America Football Conference Team, 1946–1949. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-7864-4619-3. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Christopher J. (2006). Where Football is King: A History of the SEC. Lanham, MD: Taylor Trade. p. 137. ISBN 1-58979-355-2. 
  3. ^ Jones, Wilbur D. (2009). "Football! Navy! War!": How Military "Lend-Lease" Players Saved the College Game and Helped Win World War II. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-7864-4219-5.