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Packers WR Jordy Nelson

CREATED Dec 7, 2011

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GREEN BAY - In his 4th season in the league, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is putting together a Pro Bowl season for the undefeated Packers.

On the field, the hard-working man from the Kansas farms has become a favorite target for Aaron Rodgers.

Off the field, Nelson lives the life of a rock star with thrill-seeking hobbies that are not for the faint of heart. 

Well, maybe not.

"Taking diapers out.  That's the main thing that I have to do all the time," Nelson told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek in an exclusive interview.

Nelson and his wife Emily are proud parents of a one year old son, Royal.

Royal Nelson?  We had the same question you do.

"It's a combination between her dad and my dad, Royce and Alex.  Roy from Royce and Al from Alex.  It's something different, since Nelson is pretty common."

If Royal is anything like his mom and dad, he should have an interesting athletic life.

Nelson's wife Emily was a basketball player at Bethel College, while Jordy could have been a two-star athlete at Kansas State.

He nearly won the Kansas State high school track meet all by himself as a senior.

"I took second.  I had 40 of the 46 points our team scored.  (I ran the) 100, 200, 400 and (competed in the) long jump."

Matzek asked him if he could still break 50 seconds in the 400-meter dash.

"Now?  That's a long ways on that track.  Probably not.  I get tired at about the 100.  We don't run that far anymore."

The focus for the Nelson's now is football, family and readying the house for the holidays.

"Our house is completely decorated.  The wife enjoys doing that the day after Thanksgiving.  The tree is up, decorated."

His role in the decoration process?

"Carry everything upstairs."

Sounds about right, but what goes under the tree?  What's on Jordy Nelson's Christmas list?

"Nothing," said Nelson. 

"I don't want presents.  I don't need presents.  My wife and I, we haven't given gifts since high school.  We don't do gifts for one another.  We do the adoptive family thing here in Green Bay."

On the field, Jordy is explosive, strong and a fierce competitor.

Off the field, he and his family are quiet, understated, low key and giving - perfect for Green Bay, Wis.