This Day in College Football History – May 13th

Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was born and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Nalen was a three-year starting offensive lineman for Boston College, earning numerous honors that included third-team Associated Press All-America, second-team All-Big East and first-team ECAC. He started every game from 1991 to 1993, serving as the long snapper, backup center and then starting center for the last three games in 1990. He redshirted in 1989. Nalen closed out his college career with appearances in the East-West Shrine and Senior Bowl games. In 1993, Nalen was an All-American honorable mention and All-Big East second-team pick by The Poor Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft. That year, Boston College ranked fourth in the nation in total offense (506.4 yards per game). Nalen’s blocking was a key factor in the university’s 41-39 upset win over Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana that season.

Nalen was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the 218th overall pick in the seventh round of the 1994 NFL Draft and played primarily at center. He won two Super Bowls as a member of the Broncos and played in five Pro Bowls. Six different running backs have had 1,000-yard rushing seasons behind Nalen and the Broncos’ offensive line. During the first quarter of a Broncos home loss against the San Diego Chargers on October 7, 2007, Nalen tore his right biceps muscle and was placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the 2007 season. On January 6, 2009, Nalen announced his retirement from professional football after spending his entire career playing for the Denver Broncos. He was the last remaining player from the Broncos’ Super Bowl titles in the late 90’s. Nalen was a co-host on ESPN Denver’s “The Locker Room” from 3-6 MT on 102.3 and 105.5 in metro Denver with Nate Kreckman and Gary Miller along with producer Chris Bianchi. He was recently offered a conctract extension in July of 2014 but turned it down.

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