Football Locker Room named in honor of Jordy and Emily Nelson

K-State Athletics Communications

Former Kansas State University football player and current Green Bay Packer All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson ‘07 speaks at a Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program with other Ring of Honor inductees in September. (Photo: Erin Poppe '13)

Former Consensus All-American, 2015 Ring of Honor inductee and current Green Bay Packer All-Pro wide receiver Jordy Nelson ‘07 and his wife Emily have generously pledged a philanthropic contribution to K-State Athletics to assist in the department's efforts to complete Phase III-B of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan, the northeast corner of the Vanier Family Football Complex. The football team’s locker room in the complex will be named the Nelson Family Locker Room in recognition of the couple's contribution.
"We appreciate Jordy and Emily’s loyalty and generosity to K-State Athletics and our goal of providing a world-class student-athlete experience,” Athletics Director John Currie said. “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.”

“Kansas State University and K-State football have meant so much to our family and continue to be a big part of our lives,” Jordy and Emily Nelson said. “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.”
K-State Athletics continues to build momentum toward the completion of Phase III-B of the Bill Snyder Family Stadium Master Plan project. Gifts from the Nelson family and Carl and Mary Ice family, along with other pledges, bring the department’s fundraising total to more than $8 million toward the $15 million needed for the project. 

Football player Jordy Nelson '07 mingles with K-Staters at a Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows program. (Photo: Erin Poppe '13)
The proposed new northeast corner will connect the east-side concourse to the new north end zone section, achieving the master plan goal of a 360-degree concourse and fully enclosing the stadium.  Other new elements of the structure will include visiting team locker space, training and officials areas, plus additional future office space as well as a new videoboard that will match the huge screen erected on the northwest corner this past spring, furthering the department's commitment to offering the best fan experience in the Big 12.
“We are all so very proud of Jordy and Emily and greatly appreciate their involvement in the new Vanier Family Football Complex,” said head coach Bill Snyder. “Jordy has never strayed from his value system and thus remains the same caring, committed, loyal, passionate Kansas State person who believes in his program and is giving back. They are a wonderful family.”
A former walk-on who started his Wildcat days as a defensive back, Nelson made his mark on the Wildcat program during his final season and was named a 2007 Consensus All-American and finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. He finished the year with 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns and went on to be taken 36th overall by Green Bay in the 2008 NFL Draft. 

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