March 29, 2007

Spring notes: Nelson happy to be healthy

Members of the media weren't surprised when Jordy Nelson's numbers dropped off a bit last season, as they knew the Riley native was dealing with injury problems since the opening game of the 2006 campaign. What did surprise those covering Kansas State was when Nelson chose to stop meeting with the media during the latter part of the season.

It turns out the reason behind Nelson's decision was quite simple. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound senior-to-be was tired of talking about his health.

"It was tough. It was the first time I'd really dealt with an injury all the way back to when I began playing sports. I got tired of getting reminded about it, even from family and friends. My mom was probably the worst. I just didn't want to talk about it," Nelson said. "I thought the best way to not talk about it was to not come up here (and talk to the media).

"I know you guys didn't like that, but that's how I dealt with it. Hopefully I can stay healthy all year and show up more often."

Nelson still finished the year with 39 receptions for 547 yards and a touchdown, but his junior season certainly didn't live up to what he had hoped for after hauling in 45 catches for 669 yards and eight scores the previous year.

"It's tough when you're standing there on the sidelines and watching everybody else play and you want to be out there to contribute…you want to be able to help your friends and teammates," he said. "Hopefully everybody can stay healthy and we have a great year."

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