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Jordy Nelson and family urge families to consider adoption

Posted at 10:17 PM, Nov 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-09 12:14:14-05

He was a force on the Packers 2010 winning Superbowl team. He's one of the teams most popular players. TODAY'S TMJ4 caught up with Jordy Nelson as he put smiles on kids faces. 

Nelson was scoring big points with a newly expanded family on a recent visit to Lambeau Field.

Kristy and Randall Cooley just adopted three kids in addition to two biological ones. The family got to have lunch with the popular player who is a strong advocate for adoption.

Nelson delivered personalized backpacks to the kids before a lunch at 1919  Kitchen and Tap at Lambeau Field. 

The cause was dear to the player's heart. Nelson and his wife adopted two out of their three children. What's the best part of being a dad?

"Just being around your kids every day," Nelson said.

Nelson and his wife are from a small town in Kansas and have known each other most of their lives.  

The pro-player was once dumped by his wife when they were in the seventh grade. Nelson laughs heartily, "I will never let her forget that...and she knows it!" 

When asked if she prefers the title Packers Superstar or dad, Nelson said, "Definitely dad...that's the more realistic one." 

The Nelson's are ambassadors for the "Jockey Being Family Program, sponsored by Jockey International." Its goal is to strengthen adoptive families. The company sponsored the lunch. 

Nelson is a hands-on dad who changes diapers and admits he's the disciplinarian in the home. 

"It seems so intimidating from the outside looking in, but changing diapers is not that hard at all. I've always changed diapers with all my kids," said Nelson.

Nelson wants to raise his kids with a good work ethic and mid-western values.  

"I think we will have a challenge with it obviously how financially stable I will be for them to understand this wasn't handed to anyone and its not going to be handed to you," he said. 

With his super-sized talent and Hollywood smile, the elite wide-receiver is at ease connecting with the kids as he delivers their backpacks. He laughs and jokes the entire time.   

When asked how he wants his kids to remember him when he is gone, Nelson's answer is simple.

"As a dad who was a part of their life...involved academically, relationships, sports, faith, everything," he said.