The Green Bay Packers came into the year Rodney Dangerfield style, "getting no respect," and still, as their impressive season flows over into the playoffs, not one Packer was voted to the Pro Bowl. The lone recognition handed out to a member of the Green and Gold was an All-Pro award to Keisean Nixon as a kick returner.
Don't get me wrong. It is well deserved because Keisean has more kickoff return yards than any other returner in the league. He also brings the ball out of the end zone more than anyone else in the league, which is not always a great thing.
Nixon led the NFL with 30 returns and 782 return yards on the year but did not return any for a touchdown. While he did take a step back this year, I do love having him back there to return kicks (punts, not so much) on a week-in and week-out basis. We forget how putrid the Packers' return game had been for so long outside of when Tyler Ervin was here.
Nixon's two biggest moments of the year came in big spots for the Packers. The first was his big interception off Patrick Mahomes with a little over five minutes left to propel the Packers to a huge Sunday night upset win against KC. The second moment is one to forget at MetLife Stadium against the Giants. Nixon muffed the punt, dove on it, and then tried to pick it up and run, resulting in him dropping the ball again and turning it over.
Now, the Packers lost to the Giants because Tommy DeVito drove down the field faster than a Kardashian marriage. The Nixon fumble could have changed things, and that is a moment in the year he definitely will want back.
Keisean Nixon can put in game-changing performance for Packers in playoffs
Through all the ups and downs of the year, Nixon has been a player that Green Bay can count on giving his all every week.
When the Packers take the field in Dallas, they will need a big play at some point if they want to pull off the upset. Whether that be a turnover or on special teams, something tells me Nixon will be right there in the middle of it.
Nixon wants to be in Green Bay. He showed that this past offseason, re-signing with the Pack before even knowing about Aaron Rodgers' future. Those players do not come along often. When they do, they become part of the Packers family.
So, on behalf of Packer Nation, congratulations, Keisean! We are proud to have you as an All-Pro and can't wait to see what you can do this week in Dallas. We got into the dance, now let's go become kings.