Fred Nesser
Date of birth: September 10, 1897
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Date of death: July 2, 1967(1967-07-02) (aged 69)
Place of death: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Career information
Position(s): End, Fullback, Tackle
 As player:
1909-1921 Columbus Panhandles
Playing stats at

Frederick W. Nesser (September 10, 1897 - July 2, 1967) was a professional American football player in the "Ohio League" and the early National Football League for the Columbus Panhandles. He was also a member of the Nesser Brothers, a group consisting of seven brothers who made-up the most famous football family in the United States from 1907 until the mid-1920s. He was the tallest and biggest of the football-playing brothers at six feet five inches and 250 pounds. He played mostly tackle or end, but sometimes he lined up in the backfield, to provide blocking.

Fred also was a professional boxer and a legitimate contender for the heavyweight title, held by Jess Willard. However in 1915, a broken wrist ended his boxing career.

Around 1987 Fred's daughter, Vera, tried to get the city of Columbus to name a street for the Nesser Brothers. Her request was turned down.


Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.