Jordy Nelson is one of the finest wide receivers we have in the history of the National Football League. He’s got magnificent hands, excellent speed, and very deceptive moves, one you could find in a handful of football wide receivers.
Playing for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL, Nelson’s experience in the football league has earned him lots of awards and accolades, including the Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award and the Super Bowl champion (XLV). Jordy Nelson may be streaky at times as a ball-catcher, but he is definitely one of the very few who you could rely on when it comes to performance as a return man. He is also known for taking advantage of his excellent speed and strength to generate yards after the catch. Let’s look at some facts about Jordy Nelson who is widely considered as one of the prominent players in American football.
Jordy Nelson – Biography
Born on May 31, 1985, to Alan and Kim Nelson in Manhattan, Kansas, Jordy Ray Nelson grew up with his parents in Riley where he attended Riley County High School in Kansas and began his football journey with the Falcons. Nelson is an American by nationality and his ethnicity is Swedish.
Nelson was named Flint Hills Player of the Year by the Manhattan Mercury, after a brilliant performance in High School. He was able to complete about 62 per cent of his passes for 1,029 yards with 8 touchdowns. He also recorded 1,572 rushing yards, 25 touchdowns and 9.8 average yards per carry. Aside from football, Jordy performed excellently in basketball games as well as Track and Field.
While attending college at Kansas State University, Jordy identified with the Wildcats football team from 2003 to 2007 but he began to make a significant impact in the 2005 season, starting with the FIU Golden Panthers. He recorded 4 receptions for 36 yards and caught his first collegiate touchdown. His college football career ended in 2007, after a match against Fresno State, which, unfortunately, knocked Kansas State out of bowl eligibility. Jordy left the Kansas State but not without earning a consensus All-American honours. He had 206 total receptions for 2,822 yards and 20 touchdowns. In 2006, he was listed for Biletnikoff Award watchlist but was only able to make the finals for the award meant for the most outstanding receiver in college football following his 122 passes for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Beginning his professional career on April 26, 2008, Jordy was the Green Bay Packers’ fifth pick in the second round of the 2008 draft and he played with the professional team for ten years (2008 through 2017). He signed his rookie contract with the Packers on July 27, 2008, and recorded his first professional touchdown reception in a game against the Detroit Lions, on September 14, 2008.
2010 should be one of the most successful football periods for the fantastic wide receiver as he was able to set career highs with 45 catches and 582 receiving yards. He also had 2 touchdown passes for the third straight year. His outstanding performance in the 2011 season earned him a $13 million contract extension with the Packers. This was renewed in 2014, in a four-year extension worth $39 million. He was, however, released by the Packers on March 13, 2018, after finishing the 2017 season with a total of 53 receptions for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns. On March 15, 2018, Nelson signed a contract for two years with the Oakland Raiders. As of 2018, he has a career statistics of 613 total receptions for 8,587 receiving yards, with 72 receiving touchdowns.
|Total Reception||Receiving Yards||Rec Yards per Reception||Receiving Touchdowns||Longest Reception|
|Career Stats (2008-2018)||613||8,587||14.0||72||93|
Since the wide receiver signed a $14,200,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders, he makes $13 million guaranteed payment with an average salary of $7,100,000. His net worth is therefore estimated at $24 million.
Jordy Nelson Wife, Family Facts
In addition to his successful football career, Jordy has a beautiful family which he built with his lovely wife cum longtime girlfriend, Emily Nelson (née Roethlisberger). The two met for the first time in the first year of middle school and they got married in 2007. Together as a couple, they have three children – two sons, Royal and Brooks, and an adopted daughter, Adda Jo.
Emily who is currently a kindergarten teacher at Fort Howard Elementary School in Green Bay, also played basketball while she was schooling at Bethel College in Kansas. The Nelson family is known for being supportive of each other even as they continued to achieve success in their individual career.