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Mike Nelms
Position(s)
Defensive back
Kick returner
Punt returner
Jersey #(s)
21
Born April 8, 1955 (1955-04-08) (age 54)
Fort Worth, Texas
Career information
Year(s) 19801984
NFL Draft 1977 / Round: 7 / Pick: 170
(by the Buffalo Bills)
College Baylor
Professional teams
Career stats
Kickoff return yards 4,128
Punt return yards 1,948
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Michael Craig Nelms (born April 8, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American football defensive back and kick returner in the National Football League who played five seasons with the Washington Redskins from 1980 to 1984. Before his NFL career, Nelms played in the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Baylor University.

Nelms is a three time Pro Bowler in 1980, 1981 and 1982. He led the NFL in yards per kickoff return twice (1981, 1982) and was the Redskins starting punt returner in Super Bowl XVII. In Super Bowl XVII, he returned six punts for 52 yards, both Super Bowl records, along with two kickoff returns for 44 yards.

Nelms finished his five seasons with 175 kickoff returns for 4,128 yards, 212 punt returns for 1,948 yards and two touchdowns, and one interception in 68 games.

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