Shawn Nelson (American football)

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Shawn Nelson
No. 82
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1985-10-05) October 5, 1985 (age 33)
Gonzales, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College:Southern Mississippi
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 121
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Shawn Nelson (born October 5, 1985) is a former American football tight end. Nelson was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Mississippi.

Nelson has also been a member of the New York Jets.

High school[edit]

Nelson attended East Ascension High School in Gonzales, Louisiana. He was the high school teammate of San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey.


Nelson attended University of Southern Mississippi and finished his college career with 157 receptions totaling 2,054 yards and sixteen touchdowns.[1]

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional career[edit]


Nelson impressed many scouts with his solid college career and impressive scouting combine numbers. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.56 forty-yard dash, bench pressed nineteen reps and posted a vertical jump of thirty three inches. Going into the 2009 NFL Draft, Nelson was regarded as one of the top tight end prospects.[2] He was drafted in the fourth round with the 21st pick (121st overall) by the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In his debut game against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Shawn Nelson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trent Edwards. The Bills went on to lose the game 24-25. Nelson was suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2010 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Nelson’s suspension began on Saturday, Sept. 4 2010. He was eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on October 4, 2010.[3] Nelson was released by the Bills on September 3, 2011.

New York Jets[edit]

Nelson was signed by the New York Jets on October 31, 2011.[4] Nelson was waived by the team on November 22, 2011 due to a non-football related illness.[5]


Nelson was also a member of the Blacktips of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).


  1. ^ |Shawn Nelson Stats
  2. ^ |Shawn Nelson Draft Profile
  3. ^ |Shawn Nelson Suspension
  4. ^ Lange, Randy (October 31, 2011). "Jets Return from Bye, Announce Transactions". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 2, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  5. ^ Associated Press (November 22, 2011). "Jets waive backup TE Shawn Nelson because of 'non-football illness'". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 28, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2011.

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