Mark Nelson (Canadian Football)
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Mark Nelson Canadian Football
Mark Nelson
Ottawa Redblacks
2019, Coach Mark Nelson.jpg
Nelson before a Redblacks game in 2019.
Born: (1956-07-25) July 25, 1956 (age 63)
Edmonton, Alberta
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Linebackers coach
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
CollegeEast Central Oklahoma State
CFL draft1980 / Round: Terr. Exemption
Drafted byCalgary Stampeders
Career history
As coach
1992Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/LB coach)
1993-1994Edmonton Eskimos (ST coach/RB coach)
1995San Antonio Texans (LB coach)
1996Toronto Argonauts (DL coach)
1997-1999Valdosta State Blazers (DC/LB coach)
2000Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (DC/DB coach)
2001Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/TE coach)
2002Kentucky Wildcats (ST coach/DL coach)
2003Baylor Bears (ST coach/DL coach)
2004-2005Baylor Bears (ST coach/LB coach)
2006Tulsa Golden Hurricane (ST coach/DL coach)
2007Louisville Cardinals (ST coach/DL coach)
2008Louisville Cardinals (ST coach)
2009Winnipeg Blue Bombers (DC/LB coach)
2010-2011Edmonton Eskimos (LB coach)
2012Edmonton Eskimos (DC/LB coach)
2013Montreal Alouettes (LB coach)
2014-2017Ottawa Redblacks (DC/LB coach)
2018-presentOttawa Redblacks (LB coach)
As player
1980-1985Calgary Stampeders
1986Saskatchewan Roughriders
Career highlights and awards

Mark Nelson (born July 25, 1956)[1] is a former professional Canadian football linebacker who is currently the linebackers coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL).[2] He played for seven seasons in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He is a three-time Grey Cup champion having won as a coach in 1993, 1996 and 2016.

Playing career

Nelson played college football for the East Central Oklahoma State Tigers. Nelson was drafted in the 1980 CFL Draft by the Calgary Stampeders where he played for 7 years before retiring with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1987. Nelson played linebacker and fullback during his CFL run.[3]

Coaching career

Nelson has coached for 16 different teams. In 2018, he was demoted from defensive coordinator for the Ottawa Redblacks to their linebackers coach.[4]

Personal life

Nelson's father, Roger is on the Edmonton Eskimo's Wall of Honour and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[3] His son, Kyle was a long snapper for the San Francisco 49ers.


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  2. ^ Gibson among 8 coaching hires in Ottawa
  3. ^ a b "RedBlacks' defensive coach Mark Nelson knows old-school football". The Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "From Redblacks defensive co-ordinator to linebackers coach, Mark Nelson puts team first". Ottawa Sun. Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2018.

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