Jordy Nelson played wide receiver for the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12. As with all Bill Snyder coached teams, Nelson was a member of a talented and underrated team led by quarterback Josh Freeman. A local product, Jordy was not only a quarterback and defensive back, but a basketball star and track and field athlete. Recruited like many multi-talented quarterbacks are these days- as a defensive back, he was shifted to wide receiver by Snyder during his Sophomore campaign, and responded by becoming the first Wildcat to catch a TD in the first seven games of a season, and lead them in virtually every receiving category that year.
The 2008 draft is notable as no wide receiver was taken in the first round. Beginning in the second though a small run on them began as the Rams took Donnie Avery (33) and the Redskins nabbed Devin Thomas (34). The Packers were looking for a compliment to All-Pro Receiver Greg Jennings and luckily found Jordy still there with the 36th pick. His rookie season was not incredibly ground breaking, and neither was his 2009 season. In 2010, he’d lead all receivers in the Super Bowl with 9 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown, but lose out on MVP honors to Aaron Rodgers. It’d be in 2011 that Jordy finally had a breakout season with 1,263 yards on 68 receptions and 15 touchdowns. The team realizing the value of their investment, reupped their contract on Jordy. After the departure of Greg Jennings to Minnesota as a free agent in 2013, Jordy became the #1 receiver starting his first full 16 game slate. He’d post career highs again with 1,313 yards and 85 receptions.
I had gotten this patch card a while back when I got a value box at Target back in Pasadena. I thought it’d make a nice card to eventually get autographed. Although I had originally intended to get this and a Score 2009 (with the same photo) signed, Jordy kept to his observed tradition of keeping any multiples. I was fine with this, as novelty cards such as these have grown on me over time.