Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson said Thursday that he thinks the color of his skin helps distract opposing defensive backs, according to NFL.com.
"Honestly, I think it is (a factor)," Nelson said. "As receivers, we've talked about it. I know (cornerbacks coach) Joe Whitt tells me all the time, when all the rookies come in, he gives them the heads up, 'Don't let him fool ya.' That's fine with me."
Teammate and fellow wide receiver Greg Jennings thinks the perception of Nelson as "the white guy" is what helps him most, including the fact that he's a pretty good player. "It's not because he didn't put the time in. It's not because he's the white guy," Jennings said. "A lot of it has to do with the fact that guys look at him and say, 'OK, yeah, he's the white guy, he can't be that good.' Well, he is that good. He's proven to be that good, and it's because of the work and the time that he's put in, not only on the field, but in his preparation off the field."