American Football Database
Roger Nelson
No. 66     
Personal information
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
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Canadian Football Hall of Fame

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.[1] 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.[1][2]

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.[3] His grandson, Kyle Nelson, plays tight end for the New Mexico State Aggies college football team.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Roger Nelson". Hall of Famers. Canadian Football Hall of Fame.,%20Roger. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  2. "Nelson, Roger". 1954-1956 Edmonton Eskimos Football Teams. Alberta Sport Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  3. "Mark Nelson". University of Tulsa. Retrieved 2008-12-23.
  4. "Kyle Nelson". New Mexico State University. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-23.