Tom Nalen
Tom Nalen
Nalen in 2013.
No. 66
Personal information
Born: (1971-05-13) May 13, 1971 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:286 lb (130 kg)
Career information
High school:Foxborough (MA)
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 218
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:194
Games started:188
Fumbles recovered:0
Player stats at

Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was born in Boston and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

College career

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 Eagles' 41–39 upset win over Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+78 in
(1.90 m)
280 lb
(127 kg)
33+18 in
(0.84 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
5.14 s 1.79 s 2.96 s 4.59 s 28.0 in
(0.71 m)
8 ft 6 in
(2.59 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1]

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.[2]

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 1990s.

In 2013, Nalen was named to the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Nalen was a co-host on 104.3 The Fan’s “The Drive” with Darren “DMac” McKee.


  1. ^ "Tom Nalen, Combine Results, C - Boston College". Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  2. ^ ESPN – Broncos OL Tom Nalen done for season with right biceps tear – NFL