Jordy Nelson: Old School Attitude

Once you get past the lights and the interviews, the proper work ethic can make or break a player at the next level. Some would argue that the improbable rise of Jordy Nelson is a chapter in and of itself in determination and Old School blue collar workman-like approach. Jordy's rise to one of the best WR's in KSU history, well that is only one reason for Cat fans to be proud! Read On...

Jordy Nelson would rather being doing other things … like prepping for one of many postseason bowl games, but instead, he's doing the things he enjoys next best to catching passes.

Nelson is working on the Nelson farm just outside of Riley mending fences, feeding cattle and simply doing whatever needs to be done on a family farm.

While there wasn't a team-high for Nelson to celebrate this past fall, there have been oodles of individual awards.

"I'm not sure if it's all hit home yet. It's still pretty crazy," Nelson said of his record-setting season. "All the national attention still doesn't seem real."

Since the end of the season, Nelson earned enough recognition to become only the ninth player in Kansas State history to be recognized as a consensus all-American.

Nelson was first-team by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation.

"I'd say the one by the coaches means the most," Nelson said. "That's who you want to gain the respect from … your fellow players and coaches. And it was a pretty big honor to be named to the Walter Camp team just because of its tradition."

In addition, Nelson was runner-up in the voting for the Biletnikoff Award. That honor went to Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech.

"I could have seen that go either way," Nelson admitted. "I wasn't going to be surprised if he won it, and I wasn't going to be surprised if I won it. But he (Crabtree) had just ridiculous touchdown numbers (21)."

Nelson's next big step toward a career in the NFL will be playing in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 26. After that will be the NFL Combine in mid-February.

While ranking as one of two all-American wide receivers on all the 2007 teams, Nelson is ranking only as a late-third, early-fourth round draft choice for next April's NFL Draft.

"I honestly don't even know where to find all that information, but I've heard about it," Nelson said.

"I know they say I run anywhere from a 4.4 to a 4.67 40, and I have no idea where any of that information comes from. I've run the 40 one time in front of scouts and that was at Junior Day last year, and they didn't tell us what we ran."

For now, Nelson is just enjoying life on the farm.


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