Kansas State named its new new football locker room after Jordy Nelson on Thursday.
The Wildcats announced the honor after Nelson, along with his wife Emily, decided to give back to his alma mater and donated a generous amount of money to the school’s athletic department. It will now be called the Nelson Family Locker Room.
Nelson joined K-State as a walk-on from Riley and originally played defensive back. But he found stardom as a receiver and is now a Pro Bowler with the Green Bay Packers.
“Jordy and Emily are model K-Staters and for them to graciously give to enhance the experience of Wildcat student-athletes and fans is a true testament to their passion and love for K-State,” athletic director John Currie said.
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“Kansas State University and K-State Football have meant so much to our family and continue to be a big part of our lives," Nelson said in a joint statement with his wife. “The Manhattan and Riley County communities are home for us, and giving back to the program and university that have afforded us the opportunities that we now have was very important to us, so that student-athletes, fans and the entire K-State Family can continue to have the success they deserve."
Nelson left his mark on K-State’s football program during his final season, when he set single-year records by piling up 1,606 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He was later named an All-American.
Green Bay selected him with the 36th pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, but still spends his down time in Kansas.