Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson missed the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL, but the 2014 Pro Bowler didn’t take much time off. In addition to spending more time with his family while rehabbing his knee, Nelson became a substitute teacher at his son’s school while the regular instructor missed time to deal with cancer treatments. “Mr. Nelson,” as he’s known, said he didn’t realize how big of an effect the kids would have on him during his time as a substitute.
Of all the ways to spend your time on injured reserve, helping out local schools is definitely at the top of the list. Additionally, Nelson spent time on his family farm with his brother in Kansas. The video is part of the Dove Men+Care series on “real strength.” If you have a few minutes and want to see/hear something good today, Nelson’s story is a solid one. You can also watch a similar video with Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, who spent his time recovering from a knee injury doing more around the house with his children.
It can be easy to forget so many of these players are fathers and husbands who miss out on a lot of special moments doing their jobs. Pulling back the proverbial curtain on their lives can be interesting.