The Detroit Lakes, Minn., native, when asked his favorite place to play, took a shot at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field for its rustic features.
“The whole stadium’s not nice,” Thielen said. “There’s nothing fancy about it. It’s bleacher seats for the most part.”
The fan-edited video left out that Thielen actually said his favorite place to play was Lambeau Field because of the historic rivalry between the Packers and Vikings.
“There’s a couple ways to look at it. My favorite place to play is Lambeau (Field) just ’cause it’s the Packers and the rivalry. There’s nothing better than leaving Lambeau with a victory.” Thielen said. “But on the reverse side, there’s nothing worse than losing there and having to leave there.”
However, remove the rivalry, and Thielen’s slight towards Lambeau Field still stands, leaving many fans fuming.
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The majority of the thousands of reactions to the clip were enraged Green Bay fans who took every shot at Minnesota and Thielen in defense of the Packers’ prehistoric stadium.
Super Bowl banners became the A-matter topic.
One Packers fan did surprisingly side with Thielen.
Thielen, Minnesota-born and raised, likely wouldn’t give Packers fans an inch of respect when it comes to the franchise’s history.
This tweet is the true quintessential debate between the two Midwestern states.
This Green Bay fan sparked a tangent of its own by calling Thielen a “dollar store Jordy Nelson.”
Dollar Store Jordy Nelson?
Packers fans leaned on the “dollar store Jordy Nelson” comment as an end to all debate. However, Thielen, who was undrafted, has made far more of his career than Nelson, a 2008 second-round pick.
When comparing each player’s five seasons in their prime, Nelson, who had Aaron Rodgers throwing deep to him for 10 seasons in Green Bay, has an edge in receiving yards and total touchdowns compared to Thielen.
Thielen has made the most of his opportunities as one of the league’s best route runners, edging Nelson in receptions despite playing with three different quarterbacks in that span: Sam Bradford, Case Keenum and Kirk Cousins — none of which are future Hall of Famers.
|Player||Receptions||Receiving Yards per Game||Touchdowns|
|Jordy Nelson (2010-2014)||345||71.3||45|
|Adam Thielen (2016-2020)||377||67.9||38|
Fans have also recognized Thielen’s abilities, earning two Pro Bowl bids in his career versus Nelson’s lone appearance in 11 seasons. The two receivers have entirely different styles and likely wouldn’t be compared if they weren’t border rivals.