With COVID-19 looming, many players have decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL Season, one of them being New York Giants’ left tackle Nate Solder.
As sports are beginning to start, the NFL has plenty of decisions to make at the start of its season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of players has been the top concern in regards to starting the season. The NFL made it clear that players can opt-out of the season without any penalty. The New York Giants can now make decisions on which players will be there this upcoming season.
Giants left tackle Nate Solder has announced that he will be opting out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic. Solder has former health issues that can put him at a higher risk of getting COVID-19. In 2015, Solder fought with testicular cancer but became a survivor.
Solder isn’t worried about just his own health though, his son is currently suffering from cancer and he stated his concerns in a statement released on Twitter. His family also just welcomed a newborn.
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“…our children’s health and the health of our neighbors come before football. We fully recognize that being able to make a decision like this is a privilege.” wrote Solder.
Solder is 32 years old and has been a cancer survivor for six years. His five-year-old son now battles with a tumor that began when he was just three months old.
Solder has played in the NFL for nine years, seven with New England and two with the Giants. He is not a player that grabs your attention, but Solder was expected to be the starting left or right tackle. The Giants will now have to choose another starter in this position.
Nate Solder is currently the Giants player representative for the NFL Players Association. This allowed him to get a first look at the safety precautions the NFL wanted to try.
This may be hard as the Giants now need a new starter at tackle, but Solder being able to make this decision is important and shows how much it means to him.