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Tom Nelson (American football player)

Tom Nelson (born December 4, 1986) is an American football Wide Receiver and former free 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, he played for the Chicago Bears, in 2014, he played for the Carolina Panthers, and in 2015 he played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Illinois State. Tom now owns a football camp and provides training for people of all ages.

Tom Nelson
Free agent
Position:Wide Receiver
Personal information
Born: (1986-12-04) December 4, 1986 (age 33)
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:John Hersey High School
College:Illinois State
Career history
 * Offseason and/or 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
Total tackles:36
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Professional careerEdit

Cincinnati BengalsEdit

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 EaglesEdit

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 BearsEdit

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 PanthersEdit

On July 27, 2014, Nelson was signed by the Carolina Panthers.[6] On August 31, he was among the final roster cuts.

Baltimore RavensEdit

On July 29, 2015, Nelson was signed by the Baltimore Ravens. On an unknown date in August 2015 Nelson was signed to a 1-year contract as a Wide Receiver.[7] On September 4, 2015, he was waived by the Ravens.[8]


  1. ^ Mayer, Larry (February 8, 2013). "Nelson thrilled to join hometown Bears". Chicago Bears. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Hard Knocks IV. September 3, 2009
  3. ^ McLane, Jeff (August 25, 2012). "Eagles release ten players". Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 29, 2013). "Marc Trestman adds Tim Tibesar as linebackers coach". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry (August 30, 2013). "Bears cut 17 players, still have five to go". Chicago Bears. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  6. ^ Wilkening, Mike (July 27, 2014). "Panthers sign safety Tom Nelson". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved July 29, 2014.
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  8. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff; Meoli, Jon (September 4, 2015). "Daniel Brown highlights early roster cuts". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 13, 2015.

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