An NFL player who has made $28 million spends 12 hours a day working on his family farm in the off-season

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson signed a four-year, $39 million contract a year ago, but that doesn't keep him from returning to his family farm in tiny Riley, Kansas, every off-season and putting in a full day's work.

In an interview in the new issue of ESPN the Magazine, Nelson said he would work up to 12 hours a day on the farm, driving a combine to cut wheat or rounding up the 1,000-cow herd in the town whose population is 992.

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An NFL player who has made $28 million spends 12 hours a day working on his family farm in the off-season
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter of a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers' wide receiver Jordy Nelson celebrates his touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter of the NFL's Super Bowl XLV football game in Arlington, Texas, February 6, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers has a reception broken up by Corey Graham #20 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes a nine yard pass reception as cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams is penalized for unnecessary roughness on the tackle in the fourth quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers reacts with Jordy Nelson #87 after they connected for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers leaps over teammate Donald Driver #80 in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions during the Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 24, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 21: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during a NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 23: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers pulls in a pass that was later ruled incomplete while Xavier Rhodes #29 and Robert Blanton #36 of the Minnesota Vikings apply pressure in the first half on November 23, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers walks off the field following the NFL game against the New England Patriots at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 21: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers makes a nine yard pass reception as cornerback Cortland Finnegan #31 of the St. Louis Rams is penalized for unnecessary roughness on the tackle in the fourth quarter at Edward Jones Dome on October 21, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. The Packers defeated the Rams 30-20. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 14: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 14, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Aug 29, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) warms up prior to the 2017 NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) is defended by New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) during the first half in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Jordy Nelson named NFL's Comeback Player of the Year at the 2017 NFL Honors on February 04, 2017, at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
December 2, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Orlando Scandrick (22) during the third quarter at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson (82) smiles on the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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"Working cattle is my favorite farm duty," Nelson told ESPN. He said he identifies "more as a farmer" than as a football player.

Nelson went on to say that in Riley he is "just the farm kid they have always known."

After starring as a quarterback at Riley High School, Nelson walked on at nearby Kansas State, where he ultimately moved to wide receiver.

Since being drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL draft, Nelson has caught 49 touchdown passes and was a Pro Bowler in 2014.

In an interview with The 700 Club this year, Nelson explained how life on the farm prepared him for the NFL.


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