Former Packers receiver Jordy Nelson made it official Monday afternoon: He'll retire as a Green Bay a Packer.
Nelson confirmed the news during an interview with WIBW-TV in Topeka, KS.
"It's over," Nelson said with a big grin. Nelson, a native of Manhattan, KS, said he didn't want to uproot his wife and three children. "We didn't want to move our family again," he said. "The ultimate goal was to come back here to Kansas, get our kids enrolled at Riley County and start that process."
Nelson let his former Packers teammate break the news of his retirement back in April. The assumption was Nelson would return to Lambeau to sign a ceremonial contract to officially end his career with the Packers organization.
"We are headed back up there in August some time. We haven't pinpointed the date yet," Nelson said. "But again, wanted to get our family back to Kansas and all ow the kids to be able to make it up there. That is the plan. To go up there in August during training camp. Sign the one-day deal, retire as a Green Bay Packer and move on from there."
Nelson said he's eager to make the transition from full-time player to full-time spectator. "Time to become a fan of the Wildcats again, and tailgate, and go Friday night football games, and enjoy the kids."
The Packers drafted Nelson out of Kansas St. in the second round of the 2008 draft. He caught 550 passes in ten seasons (nine full seasons- he missed 2015 with a torn ACL) with the Packers. His 65 touchdowns from Aaron Rodgers are the most of any quarterback-receiver combo in team history.