The Packers’ charity softball game has passed from Brett Favre to Donald Driver to Jordy Nelson. Nelson, who is entering the final year of his contract, hopes to keep not be passing it off after only one year.
“My wife and I have enjoyed it,” Nelson said Sunday, via Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s six years going on seven years now. We don’t want to go anywhere else. We love it here. We want to be here.”
The fans want him, too. As Dunne explains it, fans among the 7,354 who showed up for a softball game played by football players with minimum seat prices of $50 wore jerseys bearing his number 87. Others wore T-shirts that proclaimed “Jordy Freakin’ Nelson” and “Air Jordy.”
“It’s an honor and it’s humbling as well,” Nelson said. “These fans, they’re not just football fans. They really care about us.”
The real question is how much the Packers care. Nelson’s last contract was so team friendly that even Colin Kaepernick would say, “Wow. That’s a team-friendly deal.” Grossly underpaid for the past few years, will the Packers make it up to Nelson? Or will he have to go elsewhere to get more than what the Packers have paid him?