If Nelson is eventually awarded the medal, he would become just the seventh athlete and 132nd person overall to receive one. Here's a recap from the press release of some of Nelson's off-course achievements:
Beginning with 110 USO and Red Cross exhibitions at the peak of his career during World War II, Nelson's humble Texas heart outshined his golf skills. The World Golf Hall of Fame honored his philanthropic career and impact on golf with one statement: "A Champion ... A Gentleman."
Nelson is the namesake and one of the driving forces of the largest charitable fundraiser on the PGA TOUR, the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
"Thousands of lives have been touched because of Byron's humanitarian spirit. His legacy will remain long after his golf records are broken. We honor him and build on that every year," said Pat Bolin, tournament chairman for the 2006 EDS Byron Nelson Championship.
The tournament has raised more than $88 million since its inception in 1968. All proceeds benefit Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers, where disadvantaged children and families can receive counseling and one of Dallas' urban communities can access a world-class elementary school.
In a commitment to another community, Abilene, the Byron and Louise Nelson Golf Endowment Fund has provided more than $1.5 million in funding to Abilene Christian University. Nelson also serves as the honorary chairman for the Metroport Meals on Wheels, which provides daily, home-delivered hot lunches for the frail, elderly and chronically ill residents.