Eric 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.
Super Bowl XLV nuggets from WCCO’s Eric Nelson who is at the ice-coated Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex.
Andrew Brunette’s NHL career really has been grand — that’s grand as in he’s played 1,000 games. The Minnesota Wild forward will become the 261st player to join the exclusive club Tuesday.
The Minnesota Swarm lacrosse team plays at the Xcel Energy Center Saturday night, taking on Washington. One reason there is optimism for the team in 2011 is one player: defenseman Joe Cinosky.
A galaxy of hockey stars will be shining at the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, among them Minnesota WIld defenseman Brent Burns.
Once again, the St. Thomas Tommies are unbeaten and sitting atop the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in men’s basketball.
The Gopher hockey team plays an exhibition game against an under-18 national team, one that has a heavy dose of Minnesota making up the roster.
WCCO’s Eric Nelson spoke with some Vikings players about what it was like playing outdoor football in Minnesota.
The Chicago Bears would like the game to be played at a neutral sight and it has little to do with the playing conditions — they want to take away the home field advantage.
Veterans are having their say these days as the team tries to sort through the second half of the season. One player that could offer some fresh energy is rookie running back Toby Gerhart.