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CB Steven Nelson Retires After Nine NFL Seasons

Cornerback Steven Nelson has announced his retirement after nine National Football League seasons. KPRC 2 Houston’s Aaron Wilson first reported the news about Nelson’s decision, which he announced on ‘The Corner Suite’ podcast.

The veteran defensive back said in a phone interview:

"Retirement, after thinking it over and having some talks with my family, I think it's time for me to take a step back and spend more time with my family. We're expecting a newborn this coming month, and I wanted to devote all of my time and energy to that and various business ventures off the field. I'm extremely proud of what I was able to do in the game of football."

Nelson spent his last two NFL seasons with the Texans after signing with the AFC South squad during the 2022 offseason. He finished with 52 tackles, seven passes defended, a sack, and an interception in 15 games.

Last year, he had a career-high four interceptions, 63 tackles, and 12 pass deflections. The Texans are the fourth (and last) NFL team he has played for since graduating from Oregon State.

After becoming a Second Team All-Pac-12 member in 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He played his entire rookie scale contract with the Chiefs, finishing with 182 tackles, 31 passes defended, and four interceptions (all in 2018).

After playing for the Chiefs, he signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Mike Tomlin named him the starting cornerback in the 2019 season alongside Joe Haden. He played 30 games for Pittsburgh, finishing with 122 tackles, 17 passes defended, and three interceptions.

Before playing for the Texans, Nelson suited up with the Philadelphia Eagles for one season (2021). He started 16 games and finished with a career-high 16 assist tackles.

-Lance Fernandez

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