Canadian Football Legends
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Roger Nelson bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Roger Nelson

Playing Career

Edmonton Eskimos
1954, 1956 - 1967

Awards and Honours

All-Western Offensive Tackle
1957 - 1960 (4)

Schenley Award for Most Outstanding Lineman
1959 (1)

Grey Cup Participation
1954, 1956, 1960 (3)

Grey Cup Winning Team(s)
1954, 1956 (2)

Career Highlights

  • Played 196 games with the Edmonton Eskimos.

After an all-star high school career, Roger Nelson was recruited by Frank (Pop) Ivy for Oklahoma University. Nelson was All-Conference in the Big Seven and was co-captain in his final year.

In 1954, Ivy, who was now coaching the Edmonton Eskimos, encouraged Nelson to come to Canada.

After one season, Nelson spent a year at dental college, then returned to the Eskimos. Through the 1967 season, he was an exceptional lineman who played both ways at guard and tackle. During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, Nelson was the offensive line coach in addition to playing.

Nelson's coaches referred to him as, "...clever...never misses an assignment, never misses a block, never makes a mistake."

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1986 as a player.

Class of 1986

Hector CrightonJohn HeltonDon LuzziRoger NelsonJimmie Simpson

Football Reporters of Canada

Austin CarrollMilt DunnellJack MathesonLloyd Saunders

Nelson, Roger
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