You all know the story by now. Former Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson comes from a small town. He was raised on a farm and still goes back in the offseason to help out on the farm.
Salt of the earth, that Jordy Nelson.
Now that Nelson is with the Oakland Raiders, the local news outfits are doing the obligatory “Jordy Nelson is just a down-to-earth farmer” story. The San Jose Mercury News was first up.
Rather than rehash what you already know, let’s just cut to our main man James Jones, who once visited Nelson’s hometown. As always, Jones says what’s on his mind.
Not too impressed, I would say.
“Every house is three miles away from the other,” Jones said.
“There’s only one restaurant,” he added, “and Jordy owns it.”
Those teammates that visited Nelson in rural Kansas were treated to some outdoor activities. Four wheeling, whiffle ball and golf — on the one course in the area.
“One of the worst golf courses I’ve ever been on,” Jones said with a laugh. “No putting greens, just rock. Once you hit the ball off the tee you’re in a grass area, but when you get on the green it’s always going to take a two-putt because it’s all rock.”
Ah, simple living.
Naturally, Nelson says when he’s done playing he’s going to go back and work on the farm. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen for a couple years. We’d love to see the guy have some success with the Raiders and play out his contract.
Small towns are real, original, and peaceful with nature. Sweet.