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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: David Nelson

(Born November 7, 1986) -- You can bet that David Nelson doesn’t like sitting around watching football on his birthday this year. He’s used to playing the game at this time of the year.

Nelson has been good at the game throughout his career. He played in high school in Wichita Falls, Texas. As a senior, he caught 91 passes for 1,641 yards, which helped him become one of the nation’s top wide receivers.

The University of Florida has been a good place for those with offensive talent, and Nelson found a home there under coach Urban Meyer. After sitting out a season as a redshirt, the receiver was a part of the Gators’ offense for four years. His catch from a jump pass from Tim Tebow wrapped up a win in the 2009 BCS championship game.

Nelson wasn’t drafted in 2010, but the Bills quickly signed him as a free agent. They quickly discovered that Nelson was quite good at catching the ball, an important skill at any level. Nelson had 31 catches in 2010, and 61 more in 2011.

However, his luck ran out for the time being when he hurt his knee in the season opener after catching two passes. Nelson was lost for the season, and the Bills miss his talents.

--- Budd Bailey

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