Over the last two years, Steven Nelson has made an impact for the Kansas City Chiefs defense. The former third-round pick (No. 98 overall) in 2013 out of Oregon State has shown plenty of versatility for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
Nelson has played both on the inside and outside at the cornerback position, which isn't an easy thing to do.
While playing primarily at the nickelback position last year, Nelson didn't come off the field very often as teams often went with three-wide receiver sets, which is par-for-the-course in today's NFL.
In fact, the only two guys who played more snaps for the Chiefs' defense last year than Nelson (1,011) were safeties Ron Parker (1,101) and Eric Berry (1,080).
Overall, Nelson finished fourth on the team with 64 tackles and was second in passes defensed with 16 (Marcus Peters, 20).
It's obvious that Nelson has stepped up for his team over the last two years, but earlier this week while in his hometown of Warner Robins, Georgia, Nelson showed the kind of versatility off the field that will make a much bigger impact than any tackle or pass defensed in the long run.
Through his foundation, Nelson traveled to Houston County High School and surprised Jaylah Bailey, a high school track star there, with a $5,000 college scholarship.
Through his foundation, #Chiefs CB Steven Nelson recently gave away a $5,000 college scholarship to HS track star at Houston County HS (GA). pic.twitter.com/aDphmUzIh3 — BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) March 23, 2017
"I know how it was for me. I didn't have people coming back and doing things like this," Nelson told a local television station. "I thought it was a cool thing for my foundation."
For Bailey, who hasn't yet decided on which college she'll attend next year, the fact that Nelson would come back do something like this means a lot.
"To have someone who went through the same struggles as a student-athlete, and to give back to someone like me is just an amazing opportunity," Bailey explained.