|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 217 lb.|
|Born:||May 31, 1985|
|Drafted:||2008 / Rd. 2 (36)|
Jordy Nelson was born on May 31, 1985 in Manhattan, Kansas. His parents had season tickets to Kansas state football games which might have influenced him to join the game.
He joined Riley County High School where he played for the Falcons as a rookie. In his senior year playing as quarterback, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 1029 yards and eight touchdowns Nelson also won a national AAU championship in 400 meters as a 10-year old.
From 2003 to 2005, Nelson played under Bill Snyder for the Kansas State University football team. Snyder initially saw that Nelson was suited to play as a defensive back, but after impressing during practice he moved him to wide receiver.
In his sophomore year, Nelson performed beyond expectations resulting in him being placed in the Bilentikoff Award watch list. He had a disappointing campaign during his junior year, mainly attributed to injuries that struck him within that period. However, in his senior year tables turned and he enjoyed a breakthrough season and was regarded among the nation’s elite wide receivers. His college highlights video is available here.
Nelson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft combine. He was the 36th pick of the second round. Green bay had traded its first round selection to the Jets for the Jets’ second. At the draft, he was a scout favorite due to his quickness and separation off the line. He had a 40 time of 4.52 seconds and a vertical leap of 31. You can view Jordy’s full draft profile here
In august 2015, green bay announced that nelson would miss the entire season due to a significant knee injury. Further tests revealed that he had sustained a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter of the game against Pittsburgh Steelers. He underwent a constructive knees surgery that kept him out for over six months. Here is a video of his injury.
Nelson worked hard to regain full fitness, hoping to positively impact the Packers in the new season. His sheer strength and athleticism had been sorely missed in the previous season and fans were hoping that he would come back even better than before.
In his comeback game Jordy helped his team see off Jacksonville Jaguars by finishing with six receptions and a team high 32 yards.
He finished the season with 97 receptions, 1257 receiving yards and a NFL high, 14 touchdowns. Here are his top 10 plays of 2016 .
Nelson married Emily Roethlisberger in 2007. They have been blessed with two boys, Brooks and Royal. Jordy is a staunch Christian and has previously spoken openly about his faith.
In summer 2015, he signed a four year $39 million deal with the Green Bay Packers. The deal would see him earn a base salary of $1.3 million and an additional $500,000 workout bonus. The contract had a clause that increased Nelson’s salary in 2016, with the bonuses shooting up to $1 million.
Kansas State University publicized that they would name the team’s locker room as the “Nelson Family Locker Room” following Jordy’s donation towards the renovation of their sports facilities.
He wears #87 jersey for the packers and has a madden rating of 89, the ninth best of a wide receiver.
His twitter handle is @JordyRNelson and his instagram is @jordynelson.