Jordy Nelson still has no interest in returning to football

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He rested as a member of the Packers last August, and he said the following month that he’s done with football. Nine months later, Jordy Nelson says he’s still done with football.

We’re not coming back,” Nelson recently told Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. “There’s no doubt about that. We’re done. . . [W]hen you first get in the NFL and you’re performing very well, you’re underpaid, and then when you sign a big contract, you become overpaid. When you’re towards the end of your career, you get released and people say you’re too slow, you’ve lost a step, you can’t play anymore; and then apparently when you retire, everyone wants you to come back. . . . I’m confused on what I need to do, so I’ll just stay at home. No one’s ever satisfied.”

Nelson admitted that, before last season, he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers had conversations about a reunion that would have followed Nelson’s one-year stop with the Raiders, after being cut by the Packers.

“I don’t know how serious they got, just because there’s only so much control that we had over it,” Nelson said. “There’s other people in the organization who make those decisions, make that decision on who’s on the team and who’s not. So I wasn’t going to dive into a hard-core conversation unless I knew there was a chance to come back. . . . I think [Rodgers] knew deep down that if there was an opportunity right after Oakland, I probably would have [come back]. But obviously it’s not up to us.”

Nelson said he believes he could have helped the Packers during the two seasons since his departure, but he also admitted that it’s normal for a player to think that.

Nelson told Tim Layden of NBCSports.com last year that Nelson was happy to be leaving the game healthy. It nevertheless sounds like Nelson was conflicted, and that maybe if he’d had an opportunity to return to Green Bay, he would have.

It’s hard not to wonder whether Nelson would return now, if the opportunity were to arise. Still, officially, his position is that he’s done.

25 responses to “Jordy Nelson still has no interest in returning to football

  1. Classy and humble guy all the way. Even people that hate on the packers have to admit that….

  2. Easily one of the best and smartest route-runners I’ve ever seen. Any defender covering him, might have been a better football player, but Nelson outsmarted them all, in terms of running routes and separation, etc. Sadly, he was never the same after the preseason knee injury. It happens.

  3. Great player and person, had he not had that torn ACL in 2015 – he might of been able to be a hall of hame candidate.!

  4. “We’re not coming back,” Nelson recently told Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. “There’s no doubt about that. We’re done”

    We? So him and who?

  5. They sure do need him. He can still help a lot. They never should have let him go, especially if the weren’t going to replace him.

  6. [W]hen you first get in the NFL and you’re performing very well, you’re underpaid, and then when you sign a big contract, you become overpaid. When you’re towards the end of your career, you get released and people say you’re too slow, you’ve lost a step, you can’t play anymore; and then apparently when you retire, everyone wants you to come back. . . . I’m confused on what I need to do, so I’ll just stay at home. No one’s ever satisfied.”

    +++++++++++++++++

    What a truthful statement.

  7. Jordy Nelson was a great WR with an incredible burst and an absolute class individual off the field.
    He was a joy to watch over the years and obviously a sorely missed leader in the locker room.
    I said as much the day GB moved on from him.

    In Oct. Nelson will be a worthy inductee into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, and some day he’ll have the same honor here in Green Bay.
    I’ll be looking forward to it.
    Reunions are pipe dreams, for the most part, and it’s understandable that a couple of old teammates and friends touched on the subject, but GB has a stable of young receivers who’re hopefully ready to blossom just as Jordy and so many before him have.

    There was a lot of talk shortly after the draft about the Packers and a talking point concerning the amount of #1 picks the Packers used on receivers during Aaron Rodgers’ tenure.
    Though they weren’t top draft picks, guys like: Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, were unearthed gems at their positions and were probably more responsible for the team not drafting a wideout number 1 over the years than the implied neglect of the position.

  8. Jordy *retired as a Packer in Green Bay last August. Not “hard” at all not to wonder if Jordy would “return now.”

    When he speaks of “We” he is talking about his wife and kids.

    He is on to the next chapter in his life and enjoying life as he should and can.

    #GoPackGo!

  9. His legacy as a Super Bowl champion is secure. We are fortunate to have watched his career, and he is fortune to have played for the most successful franchise in NFL history.

  10. I believe he’s always had some ownership in his family’s farm outside of Riley, KS – which might be a tougher job right now than football.

  11. If the Packers weren’t already deep enough and not requiring any new high-level draft picks at that position, they might need a player like Jordy……..but they don’t. Division-wise, the Packers receiving corps outperformed the same of the Vikings, so they have that going for them. I’m not picking unnecessary fights, those are the facts. Rodgers scattered passes to double-digit receivers nearly twelve times last season, leading the team to a sweep of the division and fourteen wins. Not bad. That was accomplished while learning an all-new system and a rookie head coach. That takes skill and talent from the quarterback position as well as each and every receiver. They were deep at receiver, and still are. Why do you think they didn’t bother drafting for a highly-ranked but unsure thing? Smart. Rodgers can make anybody look good. Imagine how much better the same stalwart receivers will be this year with a full year of experience in the new system under their belts! Can’t wait! If they end up not playing this year, the Love pick will look even more impressive.

    The biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success remains to be Aaron Rodgers. Nothing has changed.

  12. Poor Aaron even his best buddy detests the idea of playing with him. What good is success when your supposed friends and family shudder at the thought of being around you?

  13. RMoss84HOF says:
    June 16, 2020 at 10:35 pm
    Poor Aaron even his best buddy detests the idea of playing with him. What good is success when your supposed friends and family shudder at the thought of being around you?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I don’t get it.

  14. Lol – when the same joke is made about Rodgers teammates disliking them that you make about Cousins you “can’t understand”. At your age you would think reading comprehension would at a level above marginal.

  15. RMoss84HOF says:
    June 19, 2020 at 7:36 pm
    Lol – when the same joke is made about Rodgers teammates disliking them that you make about Cousins you “can’t understand”. At your age you would think reading comprehension would at a level above marginal.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I still don’t get it. What do you mean?

  16. That must be why you failed at your statistical analysis at you job. Your go to is “I don’t get it”. Hence why you are a lonely old man living in Eagan.

  17. RMoss84HOF says:
    June 20, 2020 at 6:54 pm
    That must be why you failed at your statistical analysis at you job. Your go to is “I don’t get it”. Hence why you are a lonely old man living in Eagan.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Are you the strange neighbor that still wears his baseball cap backwards? Figures.

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