Steve Nelson (American football)

Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1987.

Nelson was a three-sport athlete at Anoka High School, in Anoka, Minnesota, earning letters in football, basketball and baseball. As a senior, Nelson was selected as captain, team MVP and to the all-state team in football. Nelson went on to college at North Dakota State University and graduated in 1974 after being named a two-time All-American, team captain and MVP in football.[1]

He was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times in 1980, 1984, and 1985 and his #57 jersey was retired by the Patriots. He is credited with helping the Patriots reach Super Bowl XX versus the Chicago Bears.

Nelson played linebacker for the Patriots from 1974 to 1987 and became the nucleus of the Patriots defense. Nelson was voted to three Pro Bowls and recorded more than 100 tackles nine times during his career. He led the Patriots in tackles in eight of his 14 seasons, including an unofficial team record of 207 in 1984. He finished his career with a patriotic 1,776 total tackles. After retirement, he coached for the Patriots and later built Curry College into a perennial power. In 1993, Nelson was inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

More recently, Nelson has become a familiar football analyst on local television and radio. He currently works as a business development executive for Lighthouse Computer Services, Inc., a Lincoln, RI-based technology company. In September 2011, Nelson was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame.[1][2]

Steve Nelson
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Nelson in 2015
No. 57
Personal information
Born:April 26, 1951 (age 68)
Farmington, Minnesota
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
College:North Dakota State
NFL Draft:1974 / Round: 2 / Pick: 34
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT yards:226
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

See also


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 8, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)?
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
Nelson (surname)

Nelson is a surname. Within the United States, it is ranked as the 39th-most common surname of 88799 listed.Nelson is a patronymic surname meaning son of Nell. Many derived from Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, also known as Lord Nelson, a British admiral known for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars.

Steve Nelson

Steve Nelson may refer to:

Steven Nelson (born 1993), American football player

Steve Nelson (American football) (born 1951), New England Patriots football player

Steve Nelson (vibraphonist) (born 1954), American musician

Steve Nelson (activist) (1903–1993), Communist Party member, Spanish Civil War veteran and U.S. Supreme Court litigant

Steve Nelson (songwriter) (1907–1981), radio producer and singer, co-writer of "Frosty the Snowman"

Steve Nelson, creator of the web programming framework Fusebox

Stephen L. Nelson (born 1959), American author of computer books

Division championships (21)
Conference championships (11)
League championships (6)
Retired numbers
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (60)

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