Hawk: Jordy "An Outlier When It Comes To Everything"

A.J. Hawk explained what it was like playing with Jordy Nelson, who retired from the NFL on Sunday

Taz and the Moose
August 05, 2019 - 11:05 am
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Jordy Nelson, who played 10 seasons with Green Bay, signed a one-day contract with the Packers to announce his retirement from the NFL. 

The 34-year-old was one of the best wide receivers of his era and one of the best in Green Bay history. He ranks third all-time in Packers history in receptions (550), fifth in yards (7,848) and second in touchdowns (69). He is also third in 100-yard receiving games (25).

“He’s just such an outlier when it comes to everything,” former Nelson teammate and current Sirius XM NFL Radio analyst A.J. Hawk said on Taz & The Moose. “Luckily, I know Jordy well and get to see him a decent amount. I’ve been to his farm in Kansas, and he’s a legit farmer. He’s not a guy just playing it up for the cameras or anything. Jordy and his family own thousands and thousands of acres. We were moving cattle with him and his brother. He lives that life. That’s real for him. He drives the combine around and all that.”

Hawk played with Nelson from 2008-14 and won a Super Bowl with him. The Packers beat the Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.

Nelson was a second-team All-Pro in 2014, during which he set career-highs in receptions (98) and yards (a franchise-record 1,519). He missed the entire 2015 season with a knee injury but finished with a league-high 14 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Nelson was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year for his efforts.

“He’s such an outlier,” Hawk reiterated. “I got to watch him from when he came in to how quickly he became a superstar and how great he was. Jordy never changed an ounce. He’s not affected by any of the fame or the success he had. People would definitely underestimate Jordy because he’s so deceptively fast, but he’s such a crisp route-runner. 

“Maybe the best thing about him,” Hawk continued, “is he’s such a great player, and he’s so good for the receiver room. A lot of times one guy that’s a superstar that may be a little bit of a diva or a selfish guy, he can ruin that whole room. Jordy is a guy that would bring the whole room together because he was there every single day in practice and so unselfish and just so good for the team in ways that you can’t even measure.”

Click below to listen to Hawk’s interview in its entirety.