Rony Nelson
No. 5     
Defensive Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-01-24) January 24, 1989 (age 31)
Place of birth: Miami, Florida
Career information
College: Iowa State
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Iowa Barnstormers (2013)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team CIF Northern Conference (2017)
Tackle     1.0
Sacks     0.0
Pass breakups     0
Fumble recoveries     0
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Rony Nelson (born January 24, 1989) is a professional American football defensive linemen for the West Michigan Ironmen of the Indoor Football League (IFL). He has also been a member of the Iowa Barnstormers, Bemidji Axemen and the Cleveland Gladiators. He attended the Iowa State University and played for the school's football team. According to the AFL, Nelson stands at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighs 266 pounds (121 kg).

Early lifeEdit

Nelson attended Miami Jackson High School, where he was a soccer player before the football coaches recruited him to play.[1] Upon graduation, Nelson enrolled at Yuba College, where he would continue his football career.[2] Nelson earned a scholarship to Iowa State University, where he played 3 years with the Cyclones football team.

Professional careerEdit

Iowa BarnstormersEdit

Nelson was assigned to the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League (AFL), just a few days before their final game of the season. Nelson played linebacker, and recorded one tackle.[3]

Bemidji AxemenEdit

Nelson signed with the Bemidji Axemen in 2014. Nelson recorded 25 tackles and three sacks during his first season with the Axemen.[4] Nelson played in 11 games with the Axemen during the 2015 season, recording 32 tackles. [5] Nelson re-signed with the Axemen for the 2016 season.

West Michigan IronmenEdit

Nelson signed with the West Michigan Ironmen for the 2016 season. He would later be placed on the exempt list, but returned to help lead the Ironmen to the 2016 AIF Championship game. Nelson returned to the Ironmen in 2017. On November 8, 2017, Nelson re-signed with the Ironmen for 2018.[6]

Cleveland GladiatorsEdit

On February 8, 2016, Nelson was assigned to the Cleveland Gladiators. On March 9, 2016, Nelson was placed on reassignment.


  1. "Football Newcomer Update: Rony Nelson". Iowa State University. January 27, 2010. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  2. "Big 12 recruiting nuggets: Yuba Co. DE Rony Nelson picks ISU". ESPN Internet Ventures. December 16, 2009. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  3. Michael J. Carey (July 29, 2013). "Rony Nelson makes his Debut with the Iowa Barnstormers". BlogSpot. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  4. "Axemen Re-Sign Two". OurSports Central. September 22, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  5. "Axemen Re-Sign Six". OurSports Central. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  6. "November 2017 Transactions". Indoor Football League. November 10, 2017. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
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