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Jordy Nelson Is Just A Regular Guy

February 10th, 2016

at Qualcomm Stadium on November 6, 2011 in San Diego, California.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson had over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 before suffering a season-ending knee injury last fall in the pre-season. While rehabbing, Nelson made the most of his time — farming and hanging out with third graders, ya know, typical stuff for an NFL superstar.

Yup. It’s grassroots actions like this which further creates the local folk-hero status for the small town kid from rural Kansas.

We began talking about this year’s Super Bowl …

Josh: There were several story lines following this year’s Super Bowl. What was the most eye-catching moment to you?

Jordy: Just the turnovers. A lot of turnovers by Carolina. A lot of opportunities for them to get turnovers from Denver. I think that was the difference in the game. And Denver was able to capitalize on them. Plus their pass rush and ability to get after Cam.

Josh: It may be low-hanging fruit, but Cam Newton, you see him react the way he did — I can’t picture a guy like Aaron Rodgers rolling around on the turf after his team makes a bad play. What did you think about Newton and the way he reacted to his loss?

Jordy: I don’t know. It’s tough. I’ve never been in that position, to lose a Super Bowl. I heard Marshall Faulk talk after Cam’s interview, and he said “the only people who can understand what Cam’s going through are people who have lost the Super Bowl.” … It’s not a great feelin’ at all. Honestly it’s probably about how everyone felt when we lost a big game two years ago at Seattle to go to the Super Bowl. I was short in my interview too. There’s nothing to be said. You lose the game. You get ready to move on to next year.

Josh: In regards to your quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, what’s he like outside the huddle? We see him on TV. We see him try to be comical with his girlfriend on social media. But what’s Aaron like outside the locker room?

Jordy: He’s great. He’s a normal guy … prankster … just likes to go out and have a good time.

Josh: Prankster? Anything in particular he’s ever done to you?

Jordy: IIIII don’t think to meee … But during training camp in the dorms he pulled some stuff on the young guys in the rooms after curfew. He took pictures of guys from middle school days and high school days, which are always lovely pictures of everyone. So if there’s dirt on ya he finds it and tries to make it public.

Josh: What does your middle school picture look like?

Jordy: A pretty scrawny, skinny guy. A typical kid who’s probably not weighing very much. Probably pretty small.

Josh: You’re 30 years old. I’m 31. I noticed around 29 — ya don’t recover like you used to. My back hurts a lot more. It’s not pretty, not as easy to stay in shape as it used to be. Calvin Johnson just retired. He’s 30. Marshawn Lynch says he’s next. He’s 29. How’s your body feeling right now, now that you’re in your early 30s?

Jordy: Well obviously it’s different for me because I didn’t play this past year — been on IR all year. The previous year, played all season, probably the best my body’s ever felt … You just gotta try to stay ahead of things, do some preventative things in order to stay healthy … it’s a grind … but if you want to stay healthy and get through the playoffs and make it to a Super Bowl, it’s worth it.

Josh: Are you worried about CTE? Considering all we know about head trauma?

Jordy: No, not really. I feel great. Obviously I’m eight years in. Right now I think there’s still a lot that needs to be done with that study, get a little bit more in depth.


Read the full interview onĀ Crave Online.


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