Eric Nelson

eric nelson 4 Eric NelsonEric Nelson was born in Southern California and grew up playing sports in the smog and sun. He spent many days at the LA Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, Angel Stadium and the Fabulous Forum. However, Eric cheered for the Minnesota Vikings – especially Chuck Foreman, Alan Page and Fran Tarkenton.

Eric has been a sportscaster since 1985 and has done radio, television and play by play. Eric has had broadcasting jobs in California, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.

Career highlights include, being a sports-talk host on WCCO, going to 23 Super Bowls, and writing a book titled, “Slices of the NFL.” Vin Scully and Brent Musberger are Eric’s favorite sportscasters. Torii Hunter, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll are some of the sports figures he likes.

Eric’s enjoys playing flag football in the elements, watching the NFL in outdoor venues and going to games at CHS Field in St. Paul and Target Field in Minneapolis. Eric’s top MLB ballpark is Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. His ultimate thrill is making a fantastic catch in a flag football game in the snow!

Colorado is Eric’s favorite state, and Glacier National Park in Montana is his ultimate vacation spot. Miami is a city Eric definitely recommends and Palm Springs, CA is a perfect spring break destination.

Eric is single and has three kids, Payton, Ben and Preston, and a stepson Connor. His passions are animals, fitness, sports and travel.

I’ve said it since my first shift all those years ago, it’s an honor to work at WCCO Radio.

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