Acquired in a September 2010 trade with Jacksonville, Nelson has been in a starting S role since late in ’10 campaign ... Tied for 2012 team lead in INTs (three), and ranked third in tackles (84) ... His INT Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh set up game-winning FG as Bengals clinched playoff berth ... Led 2011 team in INTs (four) and INT return yardage (115), with 75-yard return for TD ... Has 16 career INTs ... Played in 45 games over 2007-09 with Jacksonville, starting 42.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Jacksonville in first round of 2007 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Jaguars on 7-28-07 ... Traded to Cincinnati on 9-4-10 (Jaguars acquired CB David Jones and a conditional draft choice) ... Became an unrestricted free agent on 3-13-12, and re-signed with Bengals on 3-19-12.
2012 RECAP: Started 14 games (Games 1-8 and 11-16) at FS ... Also started in Wild Card playoff ... Inactive for Games 9-10 due to hamstring injury ... Had nine passes defensed (fourth on team) and two forced fumbles ... Ten tackles Sept. 23 at Washington ... Nine tackles Oct. 14 at Cleveland (tied for secondary lead), with a forced fumble against RB Trent Richardson (Browns recovered) ... Tied for secondary lead with six tackles Nov. 25 vs. Oakland, and had a pass defensed ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, had a game-sealing INT in the end zone with 55 seconds remaining, protecting a seven-point lead ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, intercepted a deep pass at Bengals 14, out-jumping WR Dwayne Harris, and had an eight-yard sack of Tony Romo among his five tackles ... On Dec. 13 at Philadelphia, forced a third-quarter fumble by TE Clay Harbor that Bengals recovered and advanced to Eagles 13, setting up FG ... On Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger pass at the Cincinnati 44-yard line with :24 remaining and returned it 10 yards, putting the offense in position that would set up game-winning FG ... Also at Pittsburgh, had two tackles, two passes defensed and a special teams tackle ... Had 10 tackles (two for losses) and a QB pressure in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2007—Played every game as a Jaguars rookie and started last 15 ... Set team rookie record with five INTs, and tied for NFL rookie lead in INTs ... Ranked fourth on team in tackles (82), tied for second in passes defensed (12) and had two forced fumbles ... Had sack and forced fumble against Vince Young on Sept. 9 vs. Tennessee ... Had first career INT Oct. 7 at Kansas City, off Damon Huard ... Fourth-quarter INT off Jeff Garcia helped seal victory Oct. 28 at Tampa Bay ... Later in season, intercepted passes by Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and JaMarcus Russell.
2008—Started 13 games for Jaguars at FS, missing Games 4-6 with knee injury ... On Nov. 16 vs. Tennessee, intercepted pass at Jaguars two-yard line on opening drive ... Sealed win Dec. 14 vs. Green Bay with INT of Aaron Rodgers pass on final drive.
2009—Logged 77 tackles (third on Jaguars) and six passes defensed (ranked second) ... Played in every game and started 14 ... Made first career start at CB Nov. 1 at Tennessee and was credited with seven tackles.
2010—Opened training camp with Jacksonville, and traded to Cincinnati on Sept. 4 ... Played every game for Bengals with six starts ... Two INTs, and tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) ... Logged first INT as a Bengal on Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, picking off Drew Brees pass ... Closed season Jan. 2 at Baltimore with a 56-yard INT return, a forced fumble and two passes defensed.
2011—Started at FS in all 16 games plus Wild Card playoff ... Third on team in passes defensed (eight), with 2.0 sacks and two forced fumbles ... On Sept. 11 at Cleveland, logged a team-high nine tackles, including an eight-yard sack of Colt McCoy, and had one pass defensed ... Led team with 13 tackles Sept. 25 vs. San Francisco ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, forced a fourth-quarter fumble against WR Pierre Garcon that DE Carlos Dunlap returned 35 yards for game-sealing TD ... On Oct. 30 at Seattle, his 75-yard INT return for a TD tacked on final points in a 34-12 win ... In win Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, intercepted a Colt McCoy pass in fourth quarter, setting up tying FG ... Led secondary with 10 tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston and had a 23-yard INT ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, tied for team lead in tackles (six), along with a sack, and returned a third-quarter INT 17 yards to Arizona 48 ... Six tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston, with a seven-yard sack of T.J. Yates.
COLLEGE: Consensus All-America first-team selection as a Florida senior in 2006 ... Started all 14 games at FS and had six INTs to help lead Gators to BCS national championship ... Played two seasons (2005-06), appearing in 25 games with 18 starts ... Also as a senior, won Jack Tatum Award as nation’s top DB, awarded by Touchdown Club of Columbus, Ohio.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Melbourne, Fla. ... Attended Palm Bay High School, where he was a two-time first team all-state selection at DB ... Has a daughter, Tyjaezia ... Active in community service, he hosted the Mary Lakes Invitational Bowl Against Breast Cancer in June 2009, honoring his mother, who died of breast cancer in ’06 ... Counseled youth at a juvenile detention center and was a celebrity waiter for fundraiser for Jacksonville hospitals ... Also has made visits to the Ronald McDonald House and served food at a homeless mission.