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Shawn Nelson (American football)

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Name  Shawn Nelson
Height:  6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight  113 kg

College:  Southern Mississippi
Position  Tight end
Roster status:  Active
Date joined  2009
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Date of birth:  (1985-10-05) October 5, 1985 (age 30)
NFL draft:  2009 / Round: 4 / Pick: 121
Role  American football tight end
Number  89 (Buffalo Bills / Tight end)
Education  University of Southern Mississippi, East Ascension High School

Place of birth:  Gonzales, Louisiana

Shawn Nelson (born October 5, 1985) is a former American football tight end. Nelson was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Southern Mississippi.


Nelson has also been a member of the New York Jets.

High school

Nelson attended East Ascension High School in Gonzales, Louisiana. He was the high school teammate of San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey.


Nelson attended University of Southern Mississippi and finished his college career with 157 receptions totaling 2,054 yards and sixteen touchdowns.

Awards and honors

  • MVP of New Orleans Bowl (2005)
  • 2x First-team All-Conference USA (2006–2007)
  • Honorable mention All-Conference USA (2008)
  • Pre-draft

    Nelson impressed many scouts with his solid college career and impressive scouting combine numbers. At the NFL Combine, he ran a 4.56 forty-yard dash, bench pressed nineteen reps and posted a vertical jump of thirty three inches. Going into the 2009 NFL Draft, Nelson was regarded as one of the top tight end prospects. He was drafted in the fourth round with the 21st pick (121st overall) by the Buffalo Bills.

    Buffalo Bills

    In his debut game against the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, Shawn Nelson caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trent Edwards. The Bills went on to lose the game 24-25. Nelson was suspended without pay for the team’s first four games of the 2010 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Nelson’s suspension began on Saturday, Sept. 4 2010. He was eligible to return to the Bills’ active roster on October 4, 2010. Nelson was released by the Bills on September 3, 2011.

    New York Jets

    Nelson was signed by the New York Jets on October 31, 2011. Nelson was waived by the team on November 22, 2011 due to a non-football related illness.


    Nelson was also a member of the Blacktips of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL).


    Shawn Nelson (American football) Wikipedia

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