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Pond Street Playground
Nils V. "Swede" Nelson





 

Nils V. "Swede" Nelson (1893-1985), a resident of Winthrop, was a member of the unbeaten Harvard football team that defeated (7 to 6) Oregon in the 1920 Rose Bowl. He was a founding member in 1932 of The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and became a prominent cotton broker and public speaker. The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award is an American college football award given annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to "the player who by his conduct on and off the gridiron demonstrates a high esteem for the football code and exemplifies sportsmanship to an outstanding degree" among northeastern colleges and universities.

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World Heritage Encyclopedia: Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award

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Memorial location: Pond Street Playground

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