After an impressive 11-year career, Jordy Nelson is reportedly calling it quits. The former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver is retiring, according to former teammate James Jones.
Jones reported the news on his Twitter account this morning. The 33-year-old Nelson recently became a free agent after being released by Oakland on March 14.
"After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career," Jones wrote. "He’s stepping away from the game with more than 8,500 yards...72+ TD’s and as a SB Champion! I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family!"
Nelson spent the first decade of his career with the Packers after being drafted in the second round out of Kansas State in 2008. In nine seasons--he missed all of 2015 with a knee injury--Nelson played in 136 games (88 starts), making 550 receptions for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns.
In his one year with the Raiders, Nelson recorded 63 catches for 739 yards and three touchdowns. He retires with 8,587 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns.
Nelson also produced in the postseason, scoring five touchdowns and catching 54 passes in 13 career playoff games.
Quite the career for a guy who arrived at Kansas State as a walk-on slated to play defensive back.