Canadian Football League

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Gades add to Canadian Football League Training Camp Roster

The Ottawa Renegades Football Club added American offensive lineman Reggie Nelson to the training camp roster Friday. The veteran reported Thursday, passed a physical and was battling with his new teammates on the Kemptville College campus this morning – the eve of the organization’s Black-Whi! te Scrimmage, scheduled for Saturday, June 4 (free admission, open to the public) at 3 p.m.
Nelson, who primarily played tackle while blocking for present Renegades quarterback Kerry Joseph during a collegiate career that was highlighted with a first-team All-American selection at McNeese State, comes to Ottawa as a free agent acquisition. He last spent the 2002 season! with the Green Bay Packers.
The 28-year-old native of Alexandria, Louisiana is the second import offensive lineman in the Renegades camp. Nelson joins Steve Burch, a rookie out of Idaho State.
The 6-4, 330-pound Nelson, originally was a fifth-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1999 and was active for four games and inactive for eight others over the '99 and 2000 seasons - seven of those contests as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000.
Prior to joining the Packers, he spent the 2002 NFL Europe League season with the Barcelona Dragons, playing in all 10 games, with two starts, working primarily at left tackle but also seeing action at guard.
Nelson, the 141st player chosen in the 1999 draft, moved between the Chargers' practice squad and 53-man active roster throughout the '99 season and returned to training camp with San Diego in 2000 prior to being released August 23. Signed to the Minnesota practice squad September 6, 2000, he was terminated September 25 and signed to Jacksonville's practice squad September 27.
Nelson subsequently was signed to the Jaguars' 53-man active roster October 24, 2000. Waived November 11, he returned to the Jacksonville practice squad November 14. Terminated November 15, he was re-signed to the 53-man roster the same day. He later was allocated to the NFL Europe League February 12, 2001, and played the '01 season for the Frankfort Galaxy. Nelson returned to training camp with the Jaguars, later was placed on ! waivers September 2, 2001, and was out of football during the regular season.
A member of the National Honour Society in psychology (major at McNeese), Nelson recently finished the academic work needed to finalize his graduate school degree (Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. A married father of three (Gregory Singleton, Reginald Nelson and Noah Nelson are his child’s names), he has been the head coach of the U.S. national powerlifting team (“Iron Indians”) over the last two years.
2005 Ottawa Renegades Training Camp…
BLACK-WHITE SCRIMMAGE SET FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 4: The annual Black-White scrimmage is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. The Renegades will have a short practice followed up by the hard-hitting scrimmage, which is open to the public and free of charge. A player autograph session will be held at the conclusion of the practice


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