New York Giants’ Nate Solder Puts Faith, Family Above Football
By Cooper Dowd, Contributing Writer
The New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder announced that he is opting out of the 2020 NFL season during the pandemic after praying to God and listening to the Holy Spirit’s will for him and his family.
32-year-old Solder released a joint statement with his family on Twitter, saying that the difficult decision was necessary for his family’s health.
“My family and I have been praying, wrestling and listening to God about our current circumstances and whether it is best that I play football this season,” the statement said. “Our primary goal is to pursue God and listen to the Holy Spirit in everything we do.”
While playing for the New England Patriots in 2015, Solder’s son, Hudson, was diagnosed with rare Wilms tumors in his kidneys. He was just 3 months old. According to Boston.com, Hudson underwent surgery last year and started his third round of chemotherapy during Solder’s 2019 season.
“Our family has health concerns, most notably our son’s ongoing battle with cancer, as well as my own bout with cancer,” Solder said.
The statement added that the Solder’s “welcomed a new addition to the family this spring” with the birth of a baby boy.
Putting a pause on Solder’s NFL career was not an easy decision. However, Nate and his family relied on God as they prayed through the decision.
“As hard as that can be and as daunting as what He asks us to do can seem, we have come to believe, trust and wait on the Lord,” the statement said. “With fear and trembling, we struggle to keep our priorities in order and, for us, our children’s health and the health of our neighbors comes before football.”
Solder also thanked his teammates, the organization and his fans for understanding their decision and supporting them at this time.
“I will deeply miss my teammates, coaches and everyone in the Giants organization,” Solder said. “I want to thank them and all my friends and fans who continue to support me and my family through the highs and the lows.”
While the family recognizes the benefit of Nate’s success in the NFL, they hold tightly to their faith in God as the ultimate source of security and assurance.
“As scary and bleak as it sometimes can be, we know that the God of the universe has all things under His control, and His plans are and will always be for our good,” the family said.
Please pray for the Solder family as Hudson fights his cancer battle.