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Mike Nelms

Mike Nelms
No. 21
Defensive back / Kick returner / Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-04-08) April 8, 1955
Place of birth: Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
High school: Fort Worth (TX) Wyatt
College: Baylor
NFL Draft: 1977 / Round: 7 / Pick: 170
Debuted in 1977
Last played in 1984
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Kickoff return yards 4,128
Punt return yards 1,948
Touchdowns 2
Stats at

Michael Craig Nelms (born April 8, 1955) is a former American football defensive back and kick returner in the National Football League who played five seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1984. Before his NFL career, Nelms played in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Baylor University.

College career

Mike Nelms began his college career at Sam Houston State in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Nelms began his professional career after being drafted by the Buffalo Bills. He was the last cut in training camp.[2] He then signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL in 1977.[3] Later that year, he was optioned to the Ottawa Rough Riders.[4]

Nelms is a three time Pro Bowler in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He led the NFL in yards per kickoff return twice (1981, 1982) and was the Redskins starting punt returner in Super Bowl XVII. In Super Bowl XVII, he returned six punts for 52 yards, both Super Bowl records, along with two kickoff returns for 44 yards.

Nelms finished his five seasons with 175 kickoff returns for 4,128 yards, 212 punt returns for 1,948 yards and two touchdowns, and one interception in 68 games.

After Football

Mike used to own Champion Chevrolet Toyota in Culpeper, Virginia.[5] His son, Kirkland, received a scholarship to play at University of Massachusetts Amherst.[6]


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