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Jordy Nelson thanks Green Bay Packers fans in social media post

Newly signed Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson sent a message to Green Bay Packers fans on social media Friday morning.

“Packers fans, my family and I would like to say THANK YOU for your support over the last 10 yrs. We have been blessed to call Green Bay our home and WI will always be a part of our lives. We have many great memories and it’s the people we will miss the most. Until next time.”

Nelson was selected by the Packers in the second round of the 2008 draft out of Kansas State and immediately became a fan favorite. In his 10 seasons, he caught 550 passes for 7,848 yards and 69 touchdowns. In Super Bowl XLV, he led the Packers with nine receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown, helping his team to a 31-25 win over the Steelers.

Off the field, he made sure to give back to the Green Bay community, starting the “Jordy Nelson Charity softball game.” The game serves as a fundraiser for Young Life, a Christian youth organization. Last year, the event raised $130,000, according to USA Today. The event gives Nelson a chance to use his platform to tell others about his faith in Christ.

“Knowing that people are watching, even if I’m not out speaking all the time, people will recognize the way I live my life,” Nelson said to Sports Spectrum. “There are so many athletes that are eager to get up and talk, who memorize Scripture, and then go out and party and have affairs. The two don’t go together.”

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