Charles L. Nelson
Charles L. Nelson
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Team: Football

Charles L. "Chuck" Nelson '50
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Sport: Football
Year Inducted: 1972

Charles L. "Chuck" Nelson '50 will be remembered as one of the most spectacular pass receivers in the history of football on College hill. The 5-11, 190-pounder from Erasmus High in Brooklyn had a deceptive gait, cuts that would have done credit to a pro, and glue on his fingers. In his four-year varsity career, Nelson set just about every pass receiving record in the books: most yards gained season (435 in '48), most T.D. passes caught season (7 in '48)*, most passes caught career (49), most T.D. passes career (14)*, most yardage on passes career (1,197)*, and average gain per reception (24.4)*. Despite the fact that the ball is put in the air twice as much today as it was in the Nelson period, the Bruin flanker back in the Wing-T offense still holds the four records marked by an asterisk. Twelve of Nelson's touchdown passes were thrown to him by Finn, with most of them long bombs from 30 to 60 yards out. The average distance on these 12 scoring passes was 34 yards. Nelson would only be thrown to three or four times a game in Coach Rip Engle's balanced offense, but more often than not his receptions were the plays that broke things open for the Bruins. In four years, Nelson dropped only one pass that he was able to reach. Chuck Nelson was head coach at Washington & Jefferson in the early 1950's and for the past 18 years has been a highly successful high school coach in New Jersey.