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Jordy Ray Nelson (born May 31, 1985 in ) is an American football wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Kansas State.

High School

Nelson played high school football at Riley County High School in Riley, Kansas. During his senior year, Jordy was a second-team all-state selection for all divisions at both quarterback and defensive back. He earned first-team 3A all-state honors from the Topeka Capital-Journal at quarterback. He connected on 62 percent of his passes for 1,029 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,572 yards, averaging 9.8 yards per carry with 25 touchdowns. He was named Flint Hills Player of the Year by the Manhattan Mercury and was a two-time first-team All-Mid-East League selection. In 2003 he played in the 2003 Kansas Shrine Bowl.

He also holds the Kansas High School State Track Record in Class 3A in the 100m.

College career

Jordy started out at Kansas State Universitymarker as a walk-on and redshirted on the 2003 Big 12 Championship team that included Heisman candidate Darren Sproles. Jordy played quarterback and defensive back in high school and excelled. Jordy decided to play defensive back in college and during spring practice following his freshman year Coach Bill Snyder moved Jordy Nelson to Wide Receiver and soon to be All-Big 12 second team Marcus Watts to defensive back. During his Sophomore campaign Nelson caught 45 passes for 8 touchdowns, and the following year, Nelson had great expectations of this Riley County product to be one of the nations premiere wideouts as he was listed as on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. Injuries kept him from the playing field most of his junior year. When Jordy was playing, he wasn't 100% and the injuries led him to a somewhat disappointing junior season in which he only caught 39 balls for 1 touchdown. After going unnoticed his junior year, Jordy broke out for a monster season and was among one of nations best receivers earning consensus All-American honors and a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Jordy caught 122 balls for 1606 yards and 11 touchdowns. Nelson also showed his versatility by throwing 2 touchdowns and returning 2 punts for touchdowns, one of which was a 92 yarder against Baylormarker and an 89 yarder against #7 ranked Texas. After the season, Jordy continued to improve his stock as one of the best wide receiver prospects in the 2008 NFL Draft. At the NFL Combine. Jordy showed he has speed running an official 4.47 in the 40 yd dash.

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

On April 26, on the first day of the NFL Draft, Nelson was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the 5th pick in the second round (36th overall). Jordy Nelson was the third wide receiver taken in the draft. He recorded his first touchdown reception September 14 2008, a 29 yard pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He recorded his second touchdown reception in week 14 against the Houston Texans. Nelson finished his rookie campaign with 33 receptions for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns.


Jordy is married, and his wife, Emily, played basketball at Bethel Collegemarker. He won a national AAU championship in the 400 meters as a 10-year-old. Parents, Alan and Kim, are lifelong farmers who last fall opened Nelson's Landing, a sports bar/restaurant in Leonardville, Kansasmarker. When he was growing up, his family had season tickets to Kansas State football. His sister, Kelsey, is a senior guard on the Kansas State basketball team. He enjoys working on the family farm, listening to country music and watching SportsCenter.

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