Tom Nelson
No. --     Free Agent
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-12-04) December 4, 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: Illinois State
Undrafted in 2009
Debuted in 2009 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
*-Offseason/practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
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 as of 2011
Tackles     36
Sacks     0
Interceptions     1

Tom Nelson (born December 4, 1986) is an American football 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 and in 2013, played for the Chicago Bears. He played college football at Illinois State.

Early yearsEdit

Nelson grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois and attended John Hersey High School, Thomas Middle School, and Ivy Hill Elementary School in Arlington Heights, IL. Nelson was a Chicago Bears fan during his youth.[1]

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]


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