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Jordy Nelson retires, returns to farming

Posted at 3 p.m. on March 27, 2019

The Brillion News

RILEY, Kan. – Jordy Nelson, who rose to stardom as a football player for Kansas State University, the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders, announced his retirement from football on March 27. Former Packers teammate James Jones broke the news on Twitter.

Nelson played last season for the Raiders, but was not in their plans for the 2019 NFL season.

Nelson grew up near Manhattan, Kan., and farms there, growing wheat and raising beef cattle. His professional football career netted him about $50 million over 11 years.

Nelson is 33, and is married with two sons and a daughter.

In his NFL career, Nelson caught 667 passes for over 9,250 yards.

For a portrait of Jordy Nelson as a farm kid who never lost his roots, see an excellent article published by the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram three years ago …


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