Jordy Nelson named comeback player of the year

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Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, but he didn’t show any sign that his injury robbed him of the skills that made him one of the NFL’s top receivers upon his return to action in 2016.

Nelson caught 97 passes for 1,257 yards and 14 touchdowns while helping the Packers pull off a late season run that made them the NFC North champions. Nelson’s performance was recognized by the Associated Press voters on Saturday night when he was named the league’s comeback player of the year.

That performance made a significant difference to the Packers offense, which struggled at times without Nelson in 2015. It struggled for periods in 2016 as well, but Nelson’s strong finish to the regular season was a big reason why Green Bay was able to go from 4-6 to the postseason.

Nelson beat out some strong competition for the award. Dolphins defensive end Cam Wake had 11.5 sacks after tearing his Achilles in 2015, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith recovered from the same injury to catch 70 passes in his final NFL season and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had nearly 1,900 yards from scrimmage after missing the final eight games of the 2015 season with a knee injury. Good as they were, though, Nelson’s performance stood out among players returning from serious injuries in 2016.

31 responses to “Jordy Nelson named comeback player of the year

  1. Knowing how Ted Thompson thinks and acts, he’ll give Nelson his release immediately prior to the first game in September.

  2. “bondlake says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:17 PM
    Knowing how Ted Thompson thinks and acts, he’ll give Nelson his release immediately prior to the first game in September.”

    Huh?

  3. What? Did no one else get hurt in 2015? When it mattered, Nelson wasn’t there during the regular season and the playoffs…stats aren’t everything…and I liked Nelson enough to put him on my fantasy team, but this is bunk.

  4. ays:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:23 PM
    Choking in the playoffs is normal for Pack
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    Well, it’s preferable to choking during the regular season, but then again, the Barney’s color choice of purple isn’t an accident.

  5. The off season is close. I can smell it. Oh wait, that’s just the stench of the Viking trolls, waking up after their teams 5-0 to 8-8 epic collapse!!!

  6. Now, Jordy should have won, and I don’t care that he did (would have been an upset if anyone else won, imo; his season was great).

    That aside, how in the H.EdoubleFUDGINGhockeysticks did Jimmy Graham not get a single vote, but Dennis Pitta got 2!? Graham had 20 less catches, nearly 200 more yards (was actually his 4th highest season in terms of yards), and 4 more TDs, despite having been given a near death sentence less than a year before the season began?

    Graham’s patellar tendon comeback is damn near insane, considering what the injury has done to everyone who has had the injury prior. When you look at Victor Cruz, the only other player to successfully come back, it took him nearly 2 years to come back, and he is nowhere near the wideout he was prior to the injury.

    I’m not saying Graham should have won, but that not only did he get no votes, a lesser player returning from a lesser injury got votes.

  7. contra74 says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:25 PM
    Sweet. Can’t wait to see him play in the Super Bowl this Sun….wait.
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    Which 2017 Viking playoff game was your favorite?

    Don’t worry. Maybe Teddy will get a crack at the award someday. Maybe he can throw for another 14 TD passes in a season.

  8. Congrats Jordy not to many people have a clue what an ACL repair requires for total recovery at an NFL playing level. Well done Jordy!

  9. Jordy Nelson wasn’t there when it mattered? What the hell are you smoking? Jimmy Graham instead?

    Jordy was practically the best or one of the best WR in entire league, even after starting off really slow. Leading the league in touchdowns definitely does matter and means he was “there.” He was one of the most consistent WR.

    Even after fracturing multiple ribs, he had a pretty decent game considering that fact in the playoffs. A lot of people didn’t think he should even be out there at that point.

    Weird criticisms.

  10. How does a 34 yr old that blows out his achilles tendon when other would have retired and comes back to play better than ever didn’t win this award only makes me shake my head. The other joke from those awards is how does a player get nominated for defensive player of the year (Collins) and then not get nominated for rookie of the year? Participation ribbons for everyone!

  11. This is a tremendous award for a tremendous Packer. Jordy played a massive role in getting Green Bay in a position to get into the NFC Championship game, and a healthy Jordy bodes well for our chances again next year.

    In the end, this award validates one very important concept.

    It’s better football.

    For better people.

  12. Jordy could’ve won this award twice in the same season. Coming back and playing in Atlanta after breaking his ribs was nothing short of spectacular.

    The guy must be brainwashed to win.

  13. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:23 PM
    Choking in the playoffs is normal for Packer players!
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    Wide Left.

  14. Dennis Pitta came back from a career-ending injury to have a very productive season.

    Is the award about the severity of the comeback or how good of a season they had?!? Oh the humanity, a torn ACL. Whoopdie Doo, Basil.

  15. Coming back and playing in Atlanta after breaking his ribs was nothing short of spectacular.

    The guy must be brainwashed to win.
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    Did Green Bay win in Atlanta? I must not be paying attention.

  16. cheeseisfattening says:
    Feb 5, 2017 3:15 PM
    Did Green Bay win in Atlanta? I must not be paying attention.
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    Ever?

  17. ariani1985 says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:23 PM
    Choking in the playoffs is normal for Packer players!
    ________________—

    Vikings fans don’t even have the class to give fair praise when it is earned. Saddest lot in the North.

  18. You mean Peterson didn’t win it? His comeback from that devastating meniscus tear was incredible!

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

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