Nelson immediately repaid the team’s faith in him by achieving career highs in season-end receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He was also an ever-present in the 2013 season, and in 2014 he broke Robert Brooks’ receiving yards record with a whopping 1,519. However, a serious knee injury forced Nelson to sit out the entire 2015 season.
But he made up for lost time the next season, in which he achieved 1,257 receiving yards, 97 receptions and 14 touchdowns. Nelson was rewarded for his efforts with the NFL Comeback Players of the Year award. He also won Best Comeback Athlete at the ESPY Awards and made the Top 50 of the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
But Nelson isn’t just a star on the football field. He’s also pretty handy on the farmer’s field too. The sportsman often puts in a 12-hour working day on his family’s Kansas farm during the off-season, whether it’s rounding up cows or driving a combine. In fact, Nelson admits he sees himself as more of a farmer than a footballer.