Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know, and if you’re a former Green Bay Packers wide receiver in need of tires who just happens to know another former Packers wide receiver who sells them, well, touchdown.
Jeff Janis offered a glimpse of how normal life in the Midwest can be post-Lambeau Field and how Packers players friendships endure when he shared a photo over the weekend in which he and Nelson posed with ... a set of four new tires.
Janis made a special delivery from his Janis Tire & Auto in Oscoda, Michigan, to Nelson, who lives in his home state of Kansas since retiring from the NFL in March.
“When Jordy says he needs tires, you drive 14 hours to Kansas to deliver!” Janis wrote in his Instagram post.
Janis, who grew up in Tawas City, Michigan, took over ownership of the auto shop in April. Formerly called Timmy Tire Center, he had worked there from when he was 14 through his college years.
Nelson's retirement plans include working on his family's 4,000-acre farm in Riley, Kansas, where he’s used to 12-hour days cutting wheat and herding cattle.
“I probably identify more as a farmer (than a football player),” he told ESPN The Magazine in 2015. “Around here, I'm just the farm kid that they have always known.”
Janis also put in a plug for Nelson’s Landing, the restaurant and sports bar owned by Nelson’s parents, Kim and Alan Nelson, in Leonardville, Kansas. It’s known for its chicken-fried steak but also serves brisket, brats and the You Just Got Burned Burger.
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