Nelson tied for 2015 NFL INTs lead, with a career-best eight, and was selected in initial voting for the Pro Bowl ... Had an INT in five straight games (Games 9-13), tying franchise consecutive-games record set by CB Ken Riley in 1975 ... Tied club mark for INTs by a safety (David Fulcher, 1989) ... Second-team choice on prestigious Associated Press All-Pro team ... Acquired in September 2010 trade with Jacksonville, he has been in a No. 1 safety role for Bengals since late in ’10 campaign ... His 140 return yards on INTs (125) and fumbles (25) in 2015 were fourth-most in Bengals history for a season and most since 1985 ... Has made a habit of contributing key plays late in games to set up or seal victories ... Led 2014 team in INTs (four), including key pick in playoff-clinching win vs. Denver ... Has 30 career INTs, including 23 for Cincinnati, sixth in Bengals history ... His 47 consecutive starts (including postseason) was longest for Bengals or NFL starts on season-ending roster.
Career transactions: Selected by Jacksonville in first round of 2007 NFL Draft (21st overall) ... Signed with Jaguars on 7-28-07 ... Traded by Jaguars to Cincinnati on 9-4-10 for Bengals CB David Jones and conditional draft choice ... Re-signed with Bengals as unrestricted free agent on 3-19-12.
Pro Bowl participation: Earned his first Pro Bowl nod for 2015 season game, selected in the initial voting, but was unable to play due to ankle injury suffered in team’s Wild Card playoff game.
2015 general: Started at FS in Games 1-16, with 72 tackles (fourth on team), 14 total passes defensed (second) and two fumble recoveries (led team) ... Also started Wild Card playoff ... His eight INTs tied him with Chiefs CB Marcus Peters for league lead ... His INT total tops his previous NFL season-high of five, set in his 2007 rookie season with Jacksonville.
2015 game-by-game: On Sept. 13 at Oakland, intercepted Matt McGloin pass at Bengals 24 in third quarter ... On Oct. 4 vs. Kansas City, had nine tackles and recovered a fumble by TE Travis Kelce in third quarter, returning 25 yards to KC five, setting up TD that gave Cincinnati a 29-15 lead ... On Oct. 18 at Buffalo, recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, and a pass defensed ... On Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, had a 37-yard INT return in third quarter and a 14-yarder in fourth quarter that set up the FG that put Cincinnati ahead 16-10, denying Steelers a FG option for their final and unsuccessful drive ... On Nov. 16 vs. Houston, intercepted Brian Hoyer pass in end zone as Texans tried Hail Mary pass on last play of first half ... On Nov. 22 at Arizona, intercepted an overthrown Carson Palmer deep ball in first quarter, returning 23 yards ... On Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, intercepted deflected Nick Foles pass at Bengals five as Rams tried to capitalize on a first down at Bengals 23 inside final minute of first half ... On Dec. 6 at Cleveland, returned intercepted Austin Davis pass 31 yards to Cleveland 26 in second quarter, setting up a FG ... On Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh, tied Bengals record with a fifth consecutive game with an INT, snagging deep throw by Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals four ... On Dec. 28 at Denver, recovered a C.J. Anderson fumble at Bengals 26 in fourth quarter, staving off scoring threat and helping send game into overtime ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs. Pittsburgh, his three tackles included a 10-yard sack of Ben Roethlisberger.
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 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 ... 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 on Nov. 1 at Tennessee and was credited with seven tackles. 2010—Opened training camp with Jacksonville, and traded to Cincinnati on Sept. 4, in exchange for CB David Jones and conditional draft choice ... Played every game for Bengals (six starts) ... Two INTs, and tied for team lead in forced fumbles (two) ... Logged first INT as Bengal Dec. 5 vs. New Orleans, picking off Drew Brees pass ... Closed season Jan. 2 at Baltimore with 56-yard INT return, a forced fumble and two passes defensed. 2011—Started for Bengals at FS in all 16 games, plus Wild Card playoff ... Third on team in passes defensed (eight), with two sacks and two forced fumbles ... On Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis, forced 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 TD tacked on final points in 34-12 win ... In win Nov. 27 vs. Cleveland, intercepted Colt McCoy in fourth quarter, setting up tying FG ... Led secondary with 10 tackles Dec. 11 vs. Houston and had 23-yard INT ... On Dec. 24 vs. Arizona, tied for team lead in tackles (six), along with sack, and had INT ... Six tackles in Wild Card playoff 1-7-12 at Houston, with seven-yard sack. 2012—Started 14 Bengals games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... Inactive for Games 9-10 due to hamstring injury ... Third on team in tackles (84), and had nine passes defensed (fourth on team) and two forced fumbles ... On Dec. 2 at San Diego, had game-sealing INT in end zone with 55 seconds remaining, protecting seven-point lead ... On Dec. 9 vs. Dallas, intercepted deep pass at Bengals 14, and had an eight-yard sack ... On Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh, intercepted Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals 44 with 0:24 remaining and returned it 10 yards, putting offense in position to drive for game-winning FG ... Had 10 tackles (two for losses) in Wild Card playoff 1-5-13 at Houston. 2013—Started 15 games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... In regular season, tied for team lead in FRs (two), and had 59 tackles with one sack, eight passes defensed and forced fumble ... Helped ice Sept. 16 win vs. Pittsburgh with INT of Ben Roethlisberger at Bengals 13 in fourth quarter ... On Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, had hand in game-winning play when he recovered fumble by RB Johnathan Franklin late in fourth quarter; Nelson subsequently fumbled on his six-yard return, but Bengals CB Terence Newman scooped loose ball and ran 58 yards for TD ... Had secondary-leading nine tackles Nov. 17 at Cleveland, plus third-quarter INT and one additional pass defensed ... Six tackles Dec. 1 at San Diego, and forced a fumble by Pro Bowl TE Antonio Gates at Bengals 18 on game’s opening drive (Bengals recovered). 2014—Started all 16 regular-season games and Wild Card playoff at FS ... Second on team in tackles (92), including four for-loss, with 1.5 sacks ... Had team-leading four INTs and ranked second in total passes defensed (13) ... On Sept. 7 at Baltimore, had shared sack of Joe Flacco on final defensive play of game, sealing win ... Had nine-yard sack of Matt Ryan Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, and pass defensed ... Intercepted Jake Locker pass in end zone Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee to end Titans’ threat just before halftime ... Led team with 11 tackles Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, and intercepted Cam Newton to set up Bengals go-ahead FG in fourth quarter ... On Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, had pass defensed on Bucs’ final possession, helping seal Bengals win ... On Dec. 22 vs. Denver, set up Bengals TD for 17-7 lead in the second quarter, wrestling a contested ball from TE Julius Thomas for an INT and giving Bengals possession at Denver 22 ... Had three tackles and INT Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Recovered a fumble late in first half of Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis, setting up 57-yard Mike Nugent FG that closed Colts lead to 13-10.
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 juvenile detention center and was celebrity waiter for fundraiser for Jacksonville hospitals ... Also has made visits to Ronald McDonald House and served food at a homeless mission.