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GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers Jordy Nelson and Josh Sitton at the 52nd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, announced today by Packers Hall of Fame Inc. President Tom Konop. The banquet is scheduled to be held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Information about tickets for the banquet, which begins with a cash bar at 4 p.m., with the dinner and program to start at 5:30 p.m., is still being finalized and will be released in the near future.

From today’s news release:

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson was selected by the Packers in the second round (36th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Kansas State. He played nine seasons (2008-14, ’16-17) in Green Bay and appeared in 136 regular-season games with 88 starts. He ranks No. 4 in team history in receptions (550), No. 6 in receiving yards (7,848), No. 3 in touchdown receptions (69) and No. 4 in 100-yard receiving games (25).

Nelson is the only player in team annals to record three seasons with 13-plus TD receptions (2011, 2014, 2016). He and WR Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) are the only players in franchise history to register three straight seasons with 85-plus receptions (2013-14, 2016). Nelson posted 1,250-plus receiving yards and 13-plus touchdown catches in the same season three times in his career (2011, 2014, 2016), the fourth most in NFL history.

Nelson was selected to the Pro Bowl and named second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press for his performance during the 2014 season in which he set career highs in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,519) while also hauling in 13 touchdowns. After missing the 2015 season due to a knee injury, Nelson became the first Packer to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by AP after registering 1,257 yards on 97 receptions (13.0 avg.) with a league-high 14 receiving TDs in 2016.

In the Super Bowl XLV victory, Nelson became just the fourth receiver in Super Bowl history with nine-plus receptions for at least 140 yards and a touchdown. Nelson finished his career playing one season (2018) with the Oakland Raiders.

Guard Josh Sitton was originally selected by the Packers in the fourth round (135th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Central Florida. He played eight seasons (2008-15) in Green Bay, starting 112 of 121 regular-season games and all 13 postseason contests in which he appeared. From 2009-15, he started the most games (110) by a Packers offensive lineman.

During his time with the Packers, Sitton was named to the Pro Bowl three times (2012, ’14-15) and earned second-team AP All-Pro honors three times (2013-15). Sitton was named the 2010 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association and was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010, 2011 and 2013. He was a key member of teams that won a Super Bowl (XLV) and four division titles, finished with 10-plus wins six times and made the playoffs seven times. Sitton blocked for offenses that ranked in the top 10 in points seven times and in the top 10 in yards six times. He helped protect QB Aaron Rodgers during seasons where he was named NFL Most Valuable Player by AP twice (2011, ’14), a Pro Bowler (2009, ’11-12, ’14-15) five times and first-team All-Pro two times (2011, ’14). Sitton finished his career starting 26 of 27 games played for the Chicago Bears (2016-17) and Miami Dolphins (2018).

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.

Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Packers Hall of Fame moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium. After renovations beginning in 2013, it reopened in August of 2015, and is now located on the main floor of the Atrium across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Additional information including tour details can be found online at packershalloffame.com.




By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.