Jordy Nelson is calling it a career.
The former Packers and Raiders receiver has decided to retire at 33, his former teammate James Jones said.
🚨After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former #Packers & #Raiders WR @JordyRNelson is calling it a career. 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! #Ese’ #Respect
— James Jones (@89JonesNTAF) March 27, 2019
“After more than a decade in the NFL, my brother, former Packers and Raiders WR (Jordy Nelson) is calling it a career,” Jones tweeted, in part. “…I’m proud of him and happy for him and his family!”
Nelson was picked by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 draft. He spent 10 seasons in Green Bay, winning a Super Bowl with the team in 2011.
However, injuries derailed him in recent seasons. He missed the majority of the 2015 season after he tore his ACL in Week 2 and struggled in 2017 with production. At the end of 2017, he was released by the Packers.
Nelson was scooped up by the Raiders shortly after and signed to a two-year contract. After Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys, Nelson played a larger role. However, the Raiders released Nelson in March after signing receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.
Nelson retires with a Pro Bowl under his belt and with the 2016 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He has 8,587 career receiving yards with 72 touchdowns on 613 receptions.