Jordy Nelson retires from NFL after 11 seasons

Jordy Nelson
Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY – Jordy Nelson, the Packers’ fifth all-time leading receiver, is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

A second-round pick out of Kansas State in 2008, Nelson played in 136 regular-season games with 88 starts during his 10 seasons with Green Bay (2008-17). He ranks third in franchise history in receptions (550), fifth in receiving yards (7,848), second in touchdown receptions (69) and third in 100-yard receiving games (25).

“We want to congratulate Jordy on an incredible career that included achievements that will result in his eventual induction in the Packers Hall of Fame,” said Packers GM Brian Gutekunst. “He is one of the greatest receivers in franchise history and played a vital role in the team’s success with not only his play on the field but also for what he provided as a great teammate and leader. We wish the best to Jordy, his wife, Emily, and the rest of their family.”

Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus touchdown receptions (2011, 2014, 2016). The 6-foot-3, 217-pound receiver posted 1,250-plus receiving yards and 13-plus touchdown catches in the same season three times in his career (2011, 2014, 2016), the fourth most in NFL history behind Hall of Famers Jerry Rice (six), Randy Moss (five) and Terrell Owens (four).

Nelson played this past year with the Oakland Raiders, catching 63 passes for 739 yards and three touchdowns.

Nelson was selected to the Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro in 2014 after setting career highs in receptions (98) and receiving yards (franchise-record 1,519) while also hauling in 13 touchdowns. After he missed the entire 2015 season due to a knee injury, Nelson became the first Packer to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by AP after registering 1,257 yards on 97 receptions (13.0 avg.) with a league-high 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016.

In his 10 years with the Packers, Nelson started eight of the 13 postseason games he appeared in. Nelson is the franchise postseason leader with 54 receptions, ranks No. 4 in receiving yards (668) and is tied with Randall Cobb for No. 3 in receiving touchdowns (five). He led the Packers with nine receptions for 140 yards (15.6 avg.) and a touchdown in the Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nelson was just the fourth receiver in Super Bowl history with nine-plus receptions for at least 140 yards and touchdown.

Nelson ranks No. 3 in franchise history in receptions (550), No. 5 in receiving yards (7,848), No. 2 in touchdown receptions (69) and No. 3 in 100-yard receiving games (25)

Advertising