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Green Bay Packers wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Jordy Nelson will be the featured speaker for the third annual Argus Leader Sports Awards, to be held May 16 at the Sanford Pentagon.

Sanford Health is once again our presenting sponsor for the event, which will honor high school athletes, coaches, teams and community members for their achievements during the 2017-18 school year. Wells Fargo returns as supporting sponsor of the event.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to come to Sioux Falls to celebrate the successes of high school athletes and share insight into how sports have been a rewarding part of my life,” said Nelson, who follows Peyton Manning and Cal Ripken Jr. as featured speakers for the awards show.

The former Kansas State standout, drafted by Green Bay in 2008, has become one of the NFL’s most potent offensive weapons, with nearly 8,000 career receiving yards and 69 touchdowns. He helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl triumph to cap off the 2010 season, tallying nine catches for 140 yards in a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nelson made the Pro Bowl in 2014 after posting a career-high 1,519 receiving yards and 13 TDs and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year last season after bouncing back from a season-ending knee injury in 2015 to lead the NFL with 14 touchdown receptions.

The 6-foot-3, 217-pound Nelson also played in last year’s NFC Championship Game loss to Atlanta despite suffering at least two broken ribs in the team’s Wild Card win a week earlier.

“I’m so proud of Jordy,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after that game. “It’s incredible that he was out there.”

Nelson and his wife, Emily, are active in community causes and in 2014 started the Nelson Family Community Foundation, which sponsors a benefit in Nelson’s hometown in Kansas to help area families in need.

The Argus Leader Sports Awards are an annual event that honors more than 100 high school athletes from across the state, culminating with the unveiling of boys and girls athletes of the year.

Last year’s top athletes were Lincoln tennis player Kaleb Dobbs, now competing at the University of Minnesota, and Harrisburg multi-sport standout Sami Slaughter, now playing volleyball at the University of Nebraska.

The biggest takeaway from the Week 13 wide receiver projections is about who isn’t ranked as opposed to who is.

Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson failed to crack the top 50 in the standard-league projections, which may be a first since he was a rookie if you take out the times he’s been injured.
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Nelson has struggled beyond belief since quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone on Oct. 15. He’s failed to surpass 35 receiving yards in a game, has no more than four catches and has no touchdowns in the five games since Rodgers went down. His average receiving line since Week 6 is 2.6 receptions for 20.6 yards.

Nelson just hasn’t connected with quarterback Brett Hundley, who has played poorly himself, but did pass for 245 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday night at Pittsburgh. Nelson still managed just a 3-11 line in that contest.

Davante Adams is the only Packers receiver who hasn’t regressed too much since Rodgers’ injury. He has at least 82 yards in his past three games with two touchdowns. Not surprisingly, he’s the highest-ranked Green Bay receiver at No. 13 this week in standard leagues. Randall Cobb is 46th.

The Packers face Tampa Bay at home Sunday, which is an ideal match-up for their passing game. The Bucs rank last in pass defense, so we’ll see if Nelson can get on track.

By the way, Rodgers is eligible to return in Week 15. So Nelson owners shouldn’t give up on him just yet.