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Jordy Nelson inherits charity softball game, hopes to keep it a while

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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?

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32 Responses to “Jordy Nelson inherits charity softball game, hopes to keep it a while”
  1. f1restarter says: Jun 8, 2014 10:19 PM

    Of course he doesn’t want to go anywhere else.

    He plays for the greatest team in the NFL, with the greatest history, the greatest fans, and the greatest city.

    His worst possible nightmare would be getting cut by the Packers and being forced to sign with the wretched purple Minnesota Vikings. That would be horrific.

  2. packfntk says: Jun 8, 2014 10:20 PM

    TT will get it done. Jordy wants to stay badly, playing with Rodgers is best case scenario too.

  3. fartweasel says: Jun 8, 2014 10:29 PM

    Future hall of famer. Best receiver in the world. My kid/brother is named after him.

  4. thepftpoet says: Jun 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    Top 5 Receivers in the NFC North:
    1. Cordarelle Patterson
    2. Brandon Marshall
    3. Greg Jennings
    4. Alshon Jeffery
    5. Jarius Wright

    Jordy Nelson isn’t even top 5 in his own division.

    4th place in the NFC North next year.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 8, 2014 10:31 PM

    Well Jerry Seinfeld once turned down $5MM per episode to choose family over an extra season of The Seinfeld Chronicles.

    Odds are he will be willing to take less with the Packers than he can make on the open market. He’ll sign a team friendly deal, and the Packers will feel like they made it up to him by having more money to spend elsewhere thus giving him a better chance of winning the Super Bowl so it all evens out exactly if he’s willing to sign the thing.

  6. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    Better watch out, Jordy. The last two guys who hosted this softball game got run out of town on a rail by ungrateful fans.

  7. axespray says: Jun 8, 2014 11:04 PM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jun 8, 2014 10:49 PM
    Better watch out, Jordy. The last two guys who hosted this softball game got run out of town on a rail by ungrateful fans.
    —————————————-
    Yep – totally… cause football players don’t up and retire when they’re in their late 30s or anything.

  8. golforepar says: Jun 8, 2014 11:08 PM

    A report is out that ‘Baby hands” Bridgewater likes Nelsons big hands!

  9. ariani1985 says: Jun 8, 2014 11:15 PM

    Did they also get rocked in the first round by the Giants or niners?

  10. gbmickey says: Jun 8, 2014 11:18 PM

    Greg Jennings? This the same Greg Jennings who was let go because of Jordy? The same Greg Jennings who caught 60 balls last year for 800 yds. Jordy only outgained him by 500 yds. Or is that the same Patterson who wasn’t smart enough to get any real playing time because he couldn’t figure out the simplistic offense Minnesota ran and finished with an embarrassing 40 something catches and he was a 1st rounder. Jordy practically caught as many balls as both of them together. I have to say the posts from the purple are getting weaker and weaker.

  11. Cameronm says: Jun 8, 2014 11:43 PM

    Of course you make a story of this, not Rivers, Weddle and Woodhead in softball game wearing wigs an uniforms. Any eastcoast team would have been covered, but of course since it was San Diego it wasn’t. Of course.

  12. chunkderrrty says: Jun 9, 2014 12:20 AM

    @pftpoet, I guess Megatron is in a league of his own.

  13. trapshoot says: Jun 9, 2014 12:36 AM

    TT get his deal done. He’s a real keeper.

  14. thegreatjimbrown says: Jun 9, 2014 1:18 AM

    “The last two guys who hosted this softball game got run out of town on a rail by ungrateful fans.”

    They both retired. One reneged, then left town.

  15. skcrooge says: Jun 9, 2014 6:22 AM

    Greg Jennings took his family to Mpls to raise them in a real town. Nelson might, too, so don’t be surprised. He might have a tuff time breaking into the rotation, tho!

  16. oshkoshoz says: Jun 9, 2014 6:34 AM

    I don’t think Driver got run out of town, but Favre did. Green Bay has cornered the market in ungrateful fans.

  17. oshkoshoz says: Jun 9, 2014 6:37 AM

    I think the fellow who posted the Top 5 NFC North Receivers list forgot about the Megatron fellow in Detroit. Wouldn’t put Jarius Wright on that list and would move the Patterson kid to No. 5. Too early to tell but shows great promise.

  18. tomnickle says: Jun 9, 2014 7:22 AM

    Top 5 Quarterbacks in the NFC North

    1. Aaron Rodgers
    2. Matthew Stafford
    3. Jay Cutler
    4. Scott Tolzien
    5. Matt Flynn

  19. madtownthrowdown says: Jun 9, 2014 7:25 AM

    Gotta laugh at the troll about. Patterson the best receiver in the North? Dude isn’t even close. I’ll give you Marshall, and Jeffrey, but I’d say Nelson is probably next in line. Damn Vikings troll has taken too many blows to the head.

  20. eaglesnoles05 says: Jun 9, 2014 8:06 AM

    haha, wisconsin and naming it’s kid/brothers after players. Hopefully thats a kid brother, or a kid and a brother, and not a kid/brother.

  21. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Jun 9, 2014 9:51 AM

    Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says:
    Jun 8, 2014 10:49 PM

    Better watch out, Jordy. The last two guys who hosted this softball game got run out of town on a rail by ungrateful fans.

    ———-

    Both of them retired, one of them stayed retired and will always be a loved member of the Packer community. The other retirement didn’t go quite as smoothly, but all is forgiven and his name and number will be going up in the ring of honor shortly.

  22. ariani1985 says: Jun 9, 2014 10:20 AM

    Frank zombo in the ring of honor? I see someone started nipping a bit early today!

  23. ajgreenhof says: Jun 9, 2014 10:23 AM

    You only get this kind of fan to player connection with small market franchises.

    Always respect the small markets.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 9, 2014 10:31 AM

    There was a huge dropoff in home runs this year. Braun-less Effect.

  25. purpleguy says: Jun 9, 2014 10:41 AM

    The most interesting point of the article was that over 7,000 people went to watch a softball game — must be one hell of a big softball field.

  26. theageofquarrel says: Jun 9, 2014 11:39 AM

    Actually there were only 3,677 people. People in Wisconsin are so fat they equal 2 people.

  27. sonofad says: Jun 9, 2014 1:54 PM

    I wonder if he wears his diamond encrusted Packer Superbowl ring to the game.

  28. deltaoracle says: Jun 9, 2014 3:41 PM

    There’s no article regarding the Packers that’s so “feel good” that the usual Heidi suspects won’t show up to do their usual hissyfit.
    And btw, I don’t think Cordarrelle Patterson would break into the Packers’ top four WR rotation. They expect their receivers to run crisp routes and to be able to read defenses just like Rodgers does. GB could use a kickoff return man though, which is Patterson’s main talent.

  29. stellarperformance says: Jun 10, 2014 8:48 AM

    Seriously? A charity softball game causes the Viking trolls to bash, belittle, insult, and putdown?

    And you wonder why we won’t stop kicking you in the balls every chance we get?

    You have to show respect to get respect, and it starts with you first. Why? Because the Packers have earned it and the Vikings have not and the fans for both are part of it and are included in it.

    The Bears and Lions fans know this, and get our mutual respect in return. It’s only you guys that can’t figure it out.

  30. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 10, 2014 12:36 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jun 10, 2014 8:48 AM
    Seriously? A charity softball game causes the Viking trolls to bash, belittle, insult, and putdown?

    And you wonder why we won’t stop kicking you in the balls every chance we get?

    You have to show respect to get respect, and it starts with you first. Why? Because the Packers have earned it and the Vikings have not and the fans for both are part of it and are included in it.

    The Bears and Lions fans know this, and get our mutual respect in return. It’s only you guys that can’t figure it out.

    —-

    This.

  31. Frazier28/7 says: Jun 10, 2014 1:27 PM

    It’s for a good cause, so good for him if they re-sign him. the packers actually do a lot in their local community, it’s just unfortunate they have to be associated with the larger community of morons in this country who have nothing better to do than troll vikings stories

  32. fmc651 says: Jun 13, 2014 6:58 PM

    Tokyo trying to act like he doesn’t insult or troll hahahaha. Give it a rest pal. Stop projecting will ya. You aren’t a classy person so forget it. Bears & Lions fans know that too.

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