We have all been witnesses to one of the greatest duos this sport has seen over the past decade. Yes the connection of Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson is more than statistics.This tandem was in sync, rhythmic, hell let’s say the two were symbiotic: poetry in motion. Now this duo will never hook up for a Rodgers to Nelson (or white lightning as fans in Green Bay referred to him) completed pass and a “first down Packers”. Never again.
Sad truth is the NFL is a business and just like any operation, if said player doesn’t perform to his potential, moves are made. Sometimes these moves are painful, but that is the nature of the beast. It is with a heavy heart as a lifelong Packer fan I inform you Jordy Nelson will be missed.
When one reviews the statistics, you begin to see the excellence. Nelson’s career spans over 10 years, with nine actually played in: his knee injury made him sit out the entire 2015 season. It reads, 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. He averaged a hair over 14 yards per catch
Jordy Nelson was much more than a football player. He was a class act. I mean that in all sincerity. He was an active member in the community, and lived in Green Bay year round. He was involved in weekly talk shows, and fully embraced his role as a professional. He even suffered a few concussions like all pros do and took it all with style and grace.
When asked what made Jordy Nelson stand out, Brian Gutekunst stated, “one of the things I’ve always liked about Jordy is his preparation, his sacrifice to the game to make himself prepared not only physically, but mentally. He had excellent hand eye coordination and his ability to find the ball and track it and get into position to make tough catches, even when he was covered I think was very impressive.” He also stated that a reunion at this time, wasn’t very likely.
Aaron Rodgers left a tweet in respect for number 87, stating that “no teammate exemplified what it means to be a Packer quite like him. From living in Green Bay full time, his incredible contributions to the city, state, and region, to his consistent, reliable play on the field.” Jordy was a treat to have around for a decade, he wasn’t just a waffle cone he was a banana split.
Packer Nation, yesterday was a sad day. I will say that these changes were a requirement for this team to evolve to the next level, and we owe it to #12 to give him the BEST competitive advantage possible. After all Aaron only has one ring under his belt and something tells me he isn’t content with that.
White Lightening, may you play on and play well for the duration of your pro career.