For the college football coach and NCAA rules committee chairman, see David M. Nelson.
David Nelson
Nelson in the 2011 preseason.
No. 86     Free agent
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-11-07) November 7, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
High School: Wichita Falls (TX) Rider
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Florida
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2010 for the Buffalo Bills
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 2010–present)
Career highlights and awards
* SEC Championship (2006, 2008)
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Receptions     94
Receiving yards     1,042
TD receptions     8
Stats at
Stats at

David Alan Nelson (born November 7, 1986) is an American football wide receiver who last played for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida, where he was a member of two BCS National Championship teams. He was signed by the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He is currently a free agent.

Early years

Nelson was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1986.[1] He began his high school career at 1A Petrolia High School, winning the 2002 Texas 1A State Championship. Beginning his Junior year, He attended S. H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, where he played high school football for the Rider Raiders.[2] As a senior, Nelson was team captain and had ninety-one receptions for 1,641 yards and eighteen touchdowns.[2]

College career

Nelson received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida,[2] where he played for coach Urban Meyer's Florida Gators football team from 2005 to 2009.[3] The Gators coaching staff elected to redshirt Nelson as a true freshman in 2004.[2] During his time as a Gator, the team won two SEC Championship Games (2006, 2008) and two BCS National Championship Games (2007, 2009).[3] The highlight of his senior season in 2009 was a four-reception day for fifty-three yards against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 SEC Championship Game.[2] During his four-season college career, Nelson played in forty-four games, started fourteen, and made forty-six receptions for 630 yards (a 13.7-yard average) and seven touchdowns. Nelson was also the recipient of Tim Tebow's "Jump Pass" in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game which cemented their 24-14 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.[2]

Nelson graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2009.

Professional career

The Buffalo Bills signed Nelson as undrafted free agent, and he made his professional debut in the Bills' October 3, 2010 game against the New York Jets. Nelson had two consecutive touchdowns in the 2010-2011 season coming from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick versus Cleveland and Miami, in weeks 14 and 15. Following the 2012 season, the Bills did not tender a new contract, and he became an unrestricted free agent.[4]

See also


  1., Players, David Nelson. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5, Football History, 2009 Roster, David Nelson. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 74, 81, 184 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  4. Adam Schefter, "David Nelson to become free agent," ESPN (February 24, 2013). Retrieved February 25, 2013.

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