and ladies and gentlemen, welcome, Teoh.
I'm here with my mom's phone, and we are going to be calling Dan Nilsson the starting center for the old for, um, for the Aztecs, the former starting center for the football team. Dan Nelson.
We're gonna be calling him in this movie.
The exclusive interview.
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We are Colon. Dan Nelson.
It's my mom's phone.
Like there we are.
How you How you doing? Local Dan.
How are you? Pretty good.
Ah, not much stream the couple's dreams.
Finish my schoolwork, you know, just normal stuff.
No, I feel fine.
I think my mom's going over that mental go.
Yeah, Um, so, uh, let's just jump into it.
Well, first of all, all the questions I've been getting for for task you was. I understand.
You were an incoming freshman.
You, uh and you got to play with a edits, a whole thing or martial folk.
How is it like playing with more full folk in your freshman year? It was really cool.
A really good team, A really nice guy.
He works incredibly hard to choose one thing that made it so good.
But it also made a good teammate.
Um, he worked hard and was a good leader and expected everybody else that we work hard.
And, uh, I think that's why uh and I got along so well on, but I think that was one of his associates was as good as he waas in the NFL.
It's just since a hard worker, what was your experience? Like, you know, playing from the sandy aid of state football team, you know, you were starting.
You're four year starter.
You Ah, you were right to time team, Captain.
You've played with a bunch of great players, including yourself and, well, how was it like playing for San Diego State and being in that centers spot and being able to, you know, have like, quarterbacks, you know, just you be a little, you know, guard the quarterback with your wife and you know, how was it? Okay.
It was a lot of fun.
The, uh, the level of talent at San Diego State of Time is pretty incredible.
Marshall Old read a lot of awareness for the program and a lot of kids from all over the country.
One go, uh, good place. State.
So we ended up coming in, I think, my dear, I was recruited here before I was there, and several years after I was we were I was there were always in the top 10 in the country for schools in terms of high school recruits that were that were committed to the university.
So did impact on this along the on the, uh, University of ST From attracted Napoli's playing in the program with him out of the other guys was was a dream come true use.
I started playing football when I was 12 years old and, um, you know, played every year, pretty much played almost every position on the field over the course of my time by a minutes.
But quarterback clustering in high school, bringing back linebacker.
I saw one year and then I started getting taller.
Listen, weights and I started an offensive and defensive linemen high school before high school.
I was, you know, playing Pop Warner all over the place.
I really enjoyed playing the game and being ableto have success.
Uh, when playing and making a the division one program was that was a dream come true.
And then be ableto play with so many great great guys.
You mentioned, uh, Marshall Faulk was all of Famer.
And then just this past year, I got the easy almost every game practice.
I was like lover, but he was on the whole.
Came in Dr Less this year, 2020.
I don't think he was inducted this year, but will make It was a long NFL career.
He played for several NFL teams saying the Cowboys, the Lambs, and very well respected um made several Pro Bowls.
Then it was the other all of Famer that I was just I get eventual.
Yeah, eso you know, I'm looking at here are looking your, uh I've done some research.
You know, the quarterbacks you have gotten a guard or guys like Billy Blanton.
Kevin McKenzie Are Mackenzie uh, Tim Gutierrez? Yeah.
Yeah, Billy was Billy is wasn't is a really good friend of my We, uh we really were tight in college and had a little bit of ah, just, you know, life separations in terms of work and family stuff.
Been stay in touch with Wells.
We are these days.
But about five years ago, he was inducted into gestate whole thing and he didn't need it.
Something very, very, really very nice.
Very, very well executed, which was brought back home with his office aligned to celebrate in that that whole time induction satellite.
Because he was, uh, recognizing the, uh, the things that he accomplished within a lot harder if he didn't have such a good offense of why, and his offensive line was pretty good.
We were coached by 17 year NFL veteran.
Why should be in the home currently is not that he should be.
But in all three of the Viking see, bubbles and, um, was the garden dance out? Don't stand here.
I got really, really stored NFL career.
I got a picture of a story I heard when he was, uh, poverty in Minnesota and wrestling on their about a county.
Sarah, Uh, just be.
that picture was next time I see you, but it was incredible.
And s o b the offensive line that I played with a lot of guys have in fact, every one of the ones I felt I had the opportunity to go down.
So I'll try now.
I should say I have the update to try out.
The NFL has agent into the traps.
Went down from several teams.
It wasn't, um, good enough. Basically.
You know the caliber players that were out there draft? I'm here.
If it's a blind position, were high.
Do you think the shift center in the country came to the draft? And when I did all my combine tests and they didn't go to the combine that they made a lot of work outs with scouts that came out in July of the same test, people think Aston agility drills and 40 yard dash in all that stuff.
I was kind of in the middle of a field.
That's all my biggest benefit and reason for success with my intelligence about the game playing center.
You really got up.
He intelligent, nearly got to know what every place modeled an alliance that everybody was doing stuff.
It was, uh, something that is hard to measure.
My my sort of gain.
I'm intelligence and my experience is that playing football for so long? One devise kind of one of the attributes that gets undervalued with trying to make in the NFL majestically like height, weight.
How high can you jump Conley out? How strong or you have really come into, um, your game smarts and body positioning and leveraging intelligence of playing the game Visibility, visibility of measurable straight when you're going through the help draft process? But I like I said, all the other guys, actually.
But Kyle Turley any from so on with our Capitals, Kyle had a 10 year NFL career, you know, medicine.
13 year old career next sunlight.
Molano who was a guard to the Vikings on Could you lost any state for a while and then actually extra? I shouldn't say that I should say that the other card has got a name a rock with.
I didn't offer to turn him down.
He's, ah, very black guy and as a doctor, education.
And, um, hey, is in l.
A school system.
Has a superintendent air.
Really? You know, doing really great things for this community and his family and kids.
He's a great man, couldn't play in the NFL, but chose Teoh, just a, you know, pursue his profession.
So, like I said, a lot of really strong athlete really going from the strong character guys that were just good all around.
And we we all got along well, your friends where you know but is on and off the field and still are to this day with a lot of these guys stand touched, actually currently flying trip to contrite.
But the offensive line coach, other ranches on the planet trip without 16 of us to go out there and hang out for the weekend and shoot guns, aren't you? Catch up on old times and see how the baby's doing this.
Code 19 kind of threw a wrench in that so trying that would have to postpone it.
That was a long time, but I okay, Yeah.
You guys got to play against the number 42 Wyoming and you guys got Teoh.
I don't know if you guys got to play against BYU, but they were number five, um, in the nation.
But I heard you had some, uh, cool stories about playing.
It's Wyoming in Wilding.
Can you elaborate more on that? Yeah, that That story, A family story.
I don't know it.
Tell that one to many people, but it's, uh it was It was a good one.
I I was a freshman.
So true pressure and just come out of high school.
Did not look back I was doing was just out there with a helmet on, running into people, trying to do it as hard as I can as fast as I can.
And it is a, you know, becoming a second string off center at out of high school and traveling with the team. Interesting.
Yes, Red shirted.
But if anybody got hurt, I was the next one to go in the game.
So I was traveling and going to all these places. This is great.
And one of our away games against Well, me and the big came in.
You know, it's kind of funny because your new young and inexperienced and I put a lot more ground.
Littlefield didn't use the restroom before I went and, um, trying to go to the bathroom and uh, I didn't really know what to do, so I just, you know, I walked out.
I'm backing up from where we came from.
I walked up this staircase and popped out onto the concession level of the stadium where all the fans were buying popcorn and hot dogs.
And I'm in full year.
I got my whole shoulder pads helmet, You know, everything on.
I'm just ready to go in.
The game in the bathroom is right across the way.
He is the master standing.
That won't going to the bathroom next to all the fans.
And they're all looking at me like crazy.
Like Like they weren't sure that West believe it was just a stay in that world after the game or if I was actually one of the players are pretty funny experience.
I finished them and just went back down onto the on the field.
Um, okay, so in your senior year, you guys were five and seven, but I can't.
I just came across this.
You guys played Washington on September 13 1997.
You They were ranked number three in the country.
How is it playing in a, You know, like a top five teen, you know, at their home, you know how is like that still great environment they were.
They were very highly ranked Dan.
A good team had really, uh, you recognize will program.
And we always like to play those games because it was seen.
Diego State knows, kind of like the underdog.
And when we got to buy some of these big games really like to try and compete as best we can.
We've been in the winning that game, but we really we really had a fun time and, uh, played well and try to remember some of the players on that team that went on the side.
And then it's another through a few guys on the Washington side of the kid.
I'm in San Diego States besides as well.
But I was a fun game because of the ranking and Washington.
So wow, it was, uh, a lot of cool play in that game. It was great.
Oh, so one second I'm checking up the Washington Huskies, but you guys got to play against guys like Oklahoma in 1995 in 1994.
You guys got Teoh? Yes.
Had a Ah, what you could say you have your columnist year where the only right team you had to play was BYU.
But, um, you know, or in 1990 you could even say 1993 was your calmest year because, uh, that was one of the only years that you didn't have to play a rain team besides California.
But, you know, how was it playing? 32 in three preseason wrote.
And, um, we're the only team in the country of anyone's gobo gate, which was this 20.
That was back when there wasn't 50 bowls to go to handle the ball games.
Um, but yeah, we had.
When Billy Flynn was the quarterback, he was.
He was incredible player and often coordinated.
Uh, he had a really, really unique offensive time.
It was very similar to today's style offense that you see with the 40 Niners fully in the soil of states, really just put it out and get vertical to field, threw the ball lot, set it all up with offsides on running.
And how about a lot of players and just way would ways run no huddle, which was relatively you.
That on do it, You know, for a long period time Not just like a human drill, you know? So we were running 75 to 90 plays a game at the time was pretty unheard of.
Um, and we almost say it.
Waas use 96 always said we were the first number one direction, number two.
Yeah, Well, 1996.
You guys were eight and three.
You finish right behind Wyoming in the Pacific Division because I was, like, doing some digging today, and I'm like, I'm coming across these teams.
I'm I already did, like, a preview live stream.
And, um, already did a preview live stream and, uh, about, you know, just checking upon the things my dad right now currently is watching us.
Um and you know, you guys, like, beat out Michigan State me Aloha Bowl in 1997 1996.
You guys ah, were playing against teams like rice woke.
You were in the same conference as Rice An, S M.
U and TCU, and Tulsa and UTEP like weird teens that you never think would make the Western Athletic Conference now known as the mountain West Conference.
You know, you never think that they'd be in there, but you ended up, you know, playing them.
So you know, how does it like playing? You know, I see.
I've seen so many things for you guys have had so many primetime gins.
How is it like playing primetime games? You know, having you know, millions of people watching you on, like, ABC or ESPN or Fox Sports or PSN or ESPN.
How was it? Great.
It was It was just everything.
You want to do it? It's the biggest stage to be on those big Marshall televised games ESPN Thursday night games and thinking you can wait a couple of BYU because one of the games where your national televised it was at Oklahoma again.
You tell you Homer in Oklahoma? Yeah.
We've lost that year, but we've come pretty self.
Make sure came to San Diego.
We put a little problem with pretty girls.
Like we wanted to wanted.
35 or something.
Were the first team in history to score over 50 points against the Wyoming.
Sorry. How am I Oklahoma.
So yeah, it does or what everybody.
Everybody, uh, you know, live, for example, in the game's biggest stage were on way.
Always had the same team because there were some guys in our king to that were the stage is too big for the village had been Have a saying take you your success.
You know you can't.
These people they're afraid of feeling is also people that they're free to be successful.
And those those stages really treat the people.
We really want to be on them and performed.
And, uh, there was from the watches from the participate, and it was under to be, uh, able to compete at a higher level and camera and be successful out of be a leader amongst.
Yeah, I'm looking out like the teams you guys played against.
So, Washington, you guys were playing against guys like Brock Huard marquees to a eso.
So who pulled were shard? Yeah, Rashard Sheehy.
Mike Read Fred Coleman.
Drone path on Cameron Cleland's.
The website is only showing me there often.
So I was trying to find you, but I couldn't find him because it was what was her sheep? Ah, Rashid.
She He Yeah, he and isolated California all starting high school because really good dude.
And he was probably one of the strongest people.
That guy was not very big trust.
Cameron Cleland's Jeremy Brigham, Reggie Davis.
But I was I was looking at this, and I couldn't What you the quarterback Parker is a box.
You work, Brock.
You Are you already? Yeah.
It's you already? Yeah.
He's a protester for you of the Pac 10 12 network.
Yeah, you can, Um, So they are easy.
Don't the kids now.
He But he came out be in the NFL a couple years in a few years of a career as a backup.
Um, major uncer*****y.
Or somewhere when he came out of the NFL Caribbean, a broadcaster in Busan games.
But he did that for a few years.
Neither the money in God's retire or people that were better broadcasters.
Olin Cruz was a guy, but I couldn't come.
I couldn't stop and look at a at a Albert to e pelo to you.
I mean, he didn't really play that season, but his son ended up going to USC and he was the tight end there.
He made some crucial catches in the Rose Bowl, but I'm looking at their defense of one.
Do you remember Mac Tua or Sekou Wiggs or Chris Campbell? They had some big Samoan diesel for the defense of tackles.
Yeah, what a big small guys.
Good news. We had a lot of my marking, too.
But they were They were an inch taller than £20.
Every other guys, they were just little, little, uh they told global involved they were something in such a little centres.
I ve never Yeah.
So now I'm looking at you know, the, uh, the, uh the, uh I'm looking at the Oklahoma and I'm looking at, you know, the core back that, you know, you guys have to play back in 1995.
You had to play Eric more, but he never, you know, went to the NFL.
But guys that did were Gerald warmer.
Uh uh, Jerre Jeremy mean Ah fizz a NDI and Stephen Alexander.
No, those were the Those were the Those were the guys that went to the NFL.
So, Gerald, more on James Allen.
We're running backs, fuzz, the jeremy and fizz Ain dude was ah, running back.
Teoh and ST Stephen Alexander was a tight end.
Okay, Yeah, most of the cars that I didn't recognize financial ally, officer side of the boat.
So you never really played against it, But they have some big names.
That was just that year.
If you look the following year of year after they have symbols, check some of the city names that were on the lost those guys years later to have a place back that Yeah, three only do that joins them.
Uh, well, the, uh Excuse me.
One second, The the Gerald More Do have left at on in 1995.
And that brought in Daemon Parker, the starting running back.
He ac***ulated 11 a 1000.
Ah, 184 yards in 180 attempts.
But you know, James Allen and Jeremy Fizz aimed and, uh, Steven Alexander stay the same.
Uh, yeah, there does.
Like I said, there, there a priest acting.
Do you remember any like players that you really had? You know, a problem with the you you that you and your team were trying to stop Honestly, The best car that I ever played again.
It was The guy went against everyday practice.
Barnes over there wasn't a defensive line, and that was better than him.
But I never did it again.
There's some that was all where there were some that were, um, faster.
They were there wasn't a single guy that the total package.
So is it helps me.
I didn't have to worry about really going anybody better than what I faced every day on a living planet, their kings.
I was always thinking really confidence building for me.
It was people knowing that does my very first start waas against, uh, Utah.
I can't remember clear in San Diego, I think we're San Diego.
So it's a home game, So it was a little bit easier, but I was 22.
I was 22 when I was 19 years old.
I was hundreds, £220.
I had lost weight when I got to San Diego because it was so brewing, the Manya work out of time school, all that kind of spent because it was I wouldn't opportunity to pounds down to £220 out of Newmont's another things.
Time should count on eating regimen I have.
It was, it was addressed by the church's down.
But it was something that when I started my game play it says Utah, that Luther Alice was at the time.
I think he was probably It is top five pick in the first round draft.
Your yeah, just short of a six pack.
You know, Muscle I, Wonder guy and keep a nice guy just really, really good kids.
And, um, I started against them.
That was my first game starting center, and I remember people kept the best of the sort of sometimes, but the only way I got the best of him, just check cutting him because he was so big, I could not be more physical than him.
I just need to be more tenacious.
So literally every play, Even if I wasn't here, the player fed him, so he fell on the ground, had to pick his big body up off the 50 times that, but that was that was probably the most intimidating game I have to speak.
It was my 1st 1 in the guy that I would against those top size you know, NFL draft pick that year.
Um, I wish the Detroit Lions and had a I don't know if it's in your career.
Four dollars is Pro Bowler around one.
Um, you guys took you guys played against them October 8th at Jack Murphy Stadium.
I'm assuming that it was 1994 Wright 1994.
That was my freshman year playing okay at Jack Murphy School.
My mind. August 93.
So the first? Yeah.
Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego 38 to 22.
You guys speak face defeat.
It was homecoming game and 34,393 people came to see you.
Average average game for us.
Way Have DeAngelis, partials.
That was pretty cool there.
That you could feel it.
You could really felt told you.
Homer was constantly 19,000 people in 19,000 people.
You could feel the noise.
Where your school? Yeah.
And who? And issues that that Actually, I don't know that you know that story, but I was playing university of Arizona, she says, And you find your shooters on.
It was just a sop****re.
Junior year was kind of like the bill of my kinder.
And, um, we went down there, Arizona.
It was hot, like fans on the sideline does.
Yeah, I remember, Mom.
I am, um, with the game last until halftime and then went to door. Died.
Must second out from their condition Will be probably the smarter choice.
But she was at that game, and we didn't obviously know each other back then.
But your cousin Christopher So he goes back from, um was at that game with your aunt on, and he was telling Andrea, you put sanitary.
You know, just going on.
Trailed in staffs, was in one year on the other.
She didn't care about the game.
Should go for the social aspect of everything matters.
Yes, she married the center of San Diego State for the family.
That's very yeah.
I'm still trying to find that one picture that you guys have.
Wait, where is it? Um, I'm still trying to find it.
Ah, you know the picture where you guys Ah, You know, we're like holding me.
And I was like, Just like many You go, you Arizona.
You guys played at Arizona October 4th 1997 against Arizona at Tucson Stadium A royal at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Arizona.
Um, you guys lost 31 day in 28.
The game was on Fox Breast.
There were 28 at halftime, and we gave away four touchdowns.
Buildable lose that game.
It's fine because there's there's if you look back on the AL Mobile.
A couple years ago, um, Oregon was off 31 nothing at halftime, and TCU came back and beat him, 48 41 into overtime.
I remember wanting to stay way 5 10 quarterbacks, and they have 62 They couldn't connect in the first apple.
They took over the second half.
Yeah, um, you know, I'm looking back, and I see on September 20th you guys played at Wisconsin.
I mean, it wasn't your, uh, you know, your biggest game against which came against Washington.
You know, your highest ranked game.
About seven days.
71,000 you guys set Had 71,000.
Washington, who beaches 36 to 3 But then the next week you went.
You traveled the Wisconsin and faced an almost 77,000 person crowd.
Were you lost 38 to 10 in at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison was called, said.
That was must have been crazy.
There was a lot of fun that was so my mom, you know, you know my mom.
She went to every single college from here to every single game I played, traveled the country all 54 years starting and even traveled while I was traveling with the team.
My freshman provided play just in case they just did it, and she wanted to be there.
So she was at that game and she said, Be best crowd the best fan, the best away game experience you ever had hundreds of that simple that that's constant, just really nice, people secure ever in terms of life, really inviting turns.
It's like tailgating and friendly atmosphere, and everybody was big fans, but they weren't disrespectful.
And nobody is trying things on the field like the word Arizona Oklahoma are some of these other stadiums that were big and loud, you know, kind of rude.
Wisconsin was very, very nice and polite.
Okay, three more questions.
Well, I have done a couple rivalry books for friends who have gone to Fresno State and have for friends have gone to San Diego State.
I have to do one for you, but I have known I've gotten deep into the rivalry off Fresno State against San Diego.
We must We should go down to a game one day, go down the same Hey, go take care.
You know, with you know that Dad, you and I or Dad Yugi and I But how was how was the experience Move that I came down? My cow? How President stated State turtle.
In terms of I come out of high school, I was too close to home and president was right now he wants with on.
So San Diego was really the choice of how I got selected.
Um way play president every year.
They had a good team every year.
He was my, uh and I went on both of our 30 trips the Fresno State again on the next week to San Diego, and he and I basically made a major commitment and our decision together to go to San Diego were in changing a ball. I don't.
And they were, You know, our country.
What? We're with high school and blue coats.
The freeze weaken been president.
And, hey, had the week before that he was I state no for a trip.
And, um and and so we were like, Where do you want to spend the next five years of your life? And it was we were sitting on a boat in the ocean in San Diego is kind of easy.
OK, but the rivalry was true.
You know, It was definitely a biggest rivalry.
Trent Dilfer was the quarterback there during the final.
Earlier I should say, going on green is a senior that here, um, and come swinging.
It was has been there for decades, you know, little program.
Uh oh, yeah. Big rivalry.
That would be probably a either a state or probably the best ones closest.
One or four goals, Diego.
Yeah, well, okay.
Two more questions.
How are you holding through with, um, you know, how are you coping with us with, um uh, with, uh, with the, uh you know, Mom, I have two more questions.
E question Well, then do it way working.
And we got pulls with swimming a lot And, uh, NT on Andrea is taking care of the kids returned for schooling.
Yeah, So we got a pretty It's nice to be sticking around each other all the time, which is unusual, usually vacation where you get to spend all day every day together now going on two months of that.
It's a blessing and a curse house on social distance and gulf.
And have you seen the tiger King? I've seen the Tiger King and kind of amazing people like that was the plan is that we all coat together live my Baldwin.
And, um yes, how self quarantine goals I It's good if you can find a course, it's open and and set up for it is it's good you got it back instead of a drive.
But you get out to become police That that But the o thank you, Dan.
And, uh, you so see you later.
Thank stand your awesome We love you.
Thank you, but OK, ok.
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