Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson told reporters this week that he has one distinctive advantage over the other wide-outs on his team — he is white.
“Honestly, I think it is (a factor),” explained Nelson, who is averaging 18.6 yards a catch for the year, tied with Carolina’s Steve Smith for the best average in the NFL.
According to Nelson, other Packers receivers joke that he is the beneficiary of being the only white receiver on the team, suggesting opposing defensive backs don’t think of him as a big threat.
“As receivers, we’ve talked about it. I know (cornerbacks coach) Joe Whitt tells me all the time, when all the rookies come in, he gives them the heads up, ‘Don’t let him fool ya.’ That’s fine with me.”
Teammate and fellow wide receiver Greg Jennings echoed Nelson’s sentiments, but also added that “work ethic” plays a substantial role in 26-year-old’s success on the field.
“It’s not because he didn’t put the time in. It’s not because he’s the white guy,” Jennings said. “A lot of it has to do with the fact that guys look at him and say, ‘OK, yeah, he’s the white guy, he can’t be that good.’ Well, he is that good. He’s proven to be that good, and it’s because of the work and the time that he’s put in, not only on the field, but in his preparation off the field.”
So what about Aaron Rodgers, the man behind the throws aimed in Jordy’s direction? He agrees with his receivers.
“When you see Jordy out there, you think, ‘Oh well, he’s a white wide receiver. He won’t be very athletic,” Rodgers said on his weekly ESPNMilwaukee radio show. “I am not sure why he keeps sneaking up on guys.”
For the year, Jordy Nelson has caught 34 passes for 633 yards and seven touchdowns. You can see a clip of his highlights from 2010 below:
via The Postgame