MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Augsburg College helped give a newly 100-year-old man quite the memorable birthday celebration.
Edor Nelson was born in Dawson, Minnesota in 1914. He graduated from Augsburg in 1938, where he played baseball, football and basketball.
Nelson was inducted into Augsburg’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975.
He enjoyed spending time with friends and family at the school on Monday, where they renamed the football field for him, complete with a beautiful scoreboard.
At his birthday party, he was asked what it’s like to be 100 years old.
“Not young,” Nelson said, laughing.
His son Bruce played for him, and was one of his biggest fans.
“The word I use for him is genuine,” Bruce Nelson said.
Edor Nelson served in the U.S. Army during WWII, during which he spent several months in prison camps in Germany and Poland. When he returned to Minnesota, he was named Augsburg baseball head coach, serving until 1979.
He also taught in Augsburg’s Health and Physical Education department from 1946 to 1978.
Nelson says he hopes for about five more years, but added you never know “when you might get hit by a truck.”