Rogern Nelso played hos college ball at Oklahoma, and was an All-Conference selection in his senior year. Nelso was recruited to the CFL by Edmonton coach Pop Ivy. Nelson played 13 years in the CFL, from 1954 to 1967 (he took 1955 off to go to Dental School), all with Edmonton. Nelson's arrival in Edmonton coincided with the Eskimos winning three straight Grey Cups from 1954 to 1956, though perhaps the arrival in the same year of a guy named Jackie Parker also had something to do with it. Nelson won four West All-Star selections at Offensive Tackle in 1957, 1958, 1959 and 1960 (there were no CFL All-Stars until 1962). Nelson was the Edmonton nominee for Oustanding Lineman three times (1958, 1959 and 1960), and was named the Oustanding Lineman in the CFL in 1959. While best remembered as an offensive lineman, like many players in the 1950s, Nelso played both offense and defense. In fact, Nelso recorded two career interceptions. As an offensive lineman, Nelson won praise for his consistency and never missing his assignment. Roger Nelson was elected to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Roger Nelson passed away on July 29, 1996.
Games played stats were not kept in the West until 1964.
Nelson had one kickoff return for zero yards in 1954.