Eric 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 No. 44, Chuck Foreman. He believes The Purple deserve a new stadium and should be back outside playing in the Minnesota elements.
Eric’s been a sportscaster since 1985 and has done TV, radio 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, reporting from 16 Super Bowls, and writing a book, “Slices of the NFL.” Vin Scully and Brent Musberger are Eric’s favorite sportscasters and his favorite athlete is Torii Hunter. He has a magnetic personality and treats everyone like royalty. The Minnesota Twins have yet to replace Torii.
Eric’s interests include playing flag football, watching the NFL and traveling. His ultimate thrill is making a great 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 has four children; Connor, Payton, Ben and Preston. His better half is Libby, who puts up with his, despite the fact he is a sports junkie. They love animals, especially their golden retriever, Kobe and cat Lucy.
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.