Jrlombardi reports Kansas honors Packers WR Nelson.
Kansas native and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was lauded and honored at the Statehouse on Thursday by Gov. Sam Brownback, legislators and fans. Brownback, during a ceremony in his office, signed a proclamation naming Feb. 17 Jordy Nelson Day in Kansas with Nelson, wife Emily, son Royal and parents Kim and Alan in attendance. Nelson caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ recent victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Nelson is a native of Leonardville who became a star for the Kansas State Wildcats after beginning his collegiate career as a walk-on at defensive back. He was drafted by Green Bay in 2008. Nelson later received a standing ovation in the Kansas House of Representatives after being introduced by Rep. Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington. Leonardville in is Schwartz’s 106th District. The House passed a resolution on a unanimous vote honoring Nelson for his Super Bowl exploits. Schwartz, who has known the Nelson family for years, said Nelson was a local hero and his character and performance were a source of pride for the entire community.