Roger Nelson (Canadian football)

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Roger Nelson
No. 66
Date of birth (1932-05-08)May 8, 1932
Place of birth Wynnewood, Oklahoma
Date of death July 29, 1996(1996-07-29) (aged 64)
Career information
CFL status International
Position(s) OT/G
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
College Oklahoma
NFL draft 1954 / Round: 14 / Pick: 164
Drafted by Washington Redskins
Career history
As coach
1963 Edmonton Eskimos (OL Coach)
As player
1954 Edmonton Eskimos
19561967 Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
Awards CFL's Most Outstanding Lineman Award (1959)
  • All-Western Offensive tackle (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
  • Edmonton Eskimo Wall of Honour (1987)[1]
Career stats

Roger Nelson (May 8, 1932 - July 29, 1996) is a former 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, plays tight end for the New Mexico State Aggies college football team.[5]


  1. ^ "Wall of Honour". Edmonton Eskimo Football Club. Retrieved 2008-12-23. [dead link]
  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. 
  4. ^ "Mark Nelson". University of Tulsa. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Kyle Nelson". New Mexico State University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23.