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Feb 04, 2019

Holmdel Resident Quenton Nelson Recognized as a Top NFL Lineman in His Rookie Year

By Les Pierce

Quenton Nelson Holmdel NJ

During his high school days, Holmdel resident Quenton Nelson made a significant impression as a lineman on the Red Bank Catholic football team. His abilities became known beyond the boundaries of the Shore Conference, and Nelson landed a starting role at Notre Dame that ultimately led to an opportunity to demonstrate he could compete and excel in the NFL.

On Jan. 8, 2018, Nelson announced he would forgo his last year of eligibility at Notre Dame and enter the draft. Sports Illustrated ranked him as the No. 1 offensive lineman in their pre-draft analysis.

On April 26, the Indianapolis Colts selected Nelson in the first round as the sixth pick overall. He was the first lineman taken, vindicating the opinion of Sports Illustrated. On May 11, the Colts signed Nelson to a fully guaranteed four-year, $23.9 million contract, including a signing bonus of $15.4 million.

Early in the season, the rookie left guard received recognition that suggested the Colts management had made a good investment. On Nov. 1, the NFL announced Nelson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for October. Quenton was the first guard to receive the award.

More recognition followed. This past December, the NFL announced its Pro Bowl selections, and Nelson was named along with teammate Eric Ebron to play at the 2019 Pro Bowl on Jan. 27 in Orlando, Florida.

Nelson was the first rookie offensive lineman of the Colts to be named since Chris Hinton was selected in 1983. In addition, he is the first rookie offensive lineman selected for the Pro Bowl in the entire NFL since the Dallas Cowboys’ Zack Martin in 2014.

Local fans watching Nelson on televised games would describe him as an “every snap” player. A durable lineman, he started right to the end of the season.

The Colts claimed victory in the NFC Wild Card game with a 21-7 win over the Texans. However, their quest for a Super Bowl bid ended the following week at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll have to wait a few months before seeing Quenton Nelson on the field again.

Quenton is the son of Craig and MaryEllen Nelson.