After months of not finding a new home, Jordy Nelson has decided to hang up the cleats after an 11-year career.
Nelson, “White Lightning”, was the third best receiver in Kansas State history, finishing with 20 touchdowns and 2,822 yards combined rushing and receiving.
In 2008, he was drafted 36th overall by the Green Bay Packers and was one of the best players to come out of his draft class. He became one of the greatest Wide Receivers in the Green Bay Packers history.
Nelson has speed like no other. He runs a 4.51 40 yard dash and has one of the best hands and hops any Packer fan has ever seen.
After a slow start to his pro football career, Nelson blew up with the help of Aaron Rodgers. He recorded 1,263 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2011, finishing as the second best receiver in the league. To top that off, Nelson also earned his Super Bowl after the Packers defeated the Steelers 31-25.
After 2011, Nelson was as consistent as it gets, finishing with 745 yards combined rushing and receiving, then recorded 1,000 plus yards for three straight seasons.
Unfortunately, a torn ACL in week two against the Steelers caused Nelson to be sidelined for the 2015 season. Luckily, he bounced back in 2016 and recorded 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns, and earned the 2016 Comeback Player of the Year award.
In 2017, the Packers underwent changes in the front office, including Ted Thompson stepping down as the Packers General Manager and Brian Gutekunst taking over. This meant that changes were to be made and Packer fans were forced to say goodbye to their star Pro Bowl receiver.
Not too long after, Nelson signed a two year deal with the Oakland Raiders and was cut not too long after the 2019 season ended due to injuries.
Nelson was a charismatic person both on and off the field. He has made Make-A-Wish dreams come true and is always involved in the Green Bay community. The annual charity softball event still lives on thanks to Nelson. He was also a part of the Packers Tailgate Tour honoring their 100th season.
Packer fans will always remember the football tornado spiral duel between Rodgers and Nelson before every game. From a Kansas State farm boy to a Green Bay cheesehead, Jordy Nelson’s legacy lives on in Green Bay and he will never be forgotten.