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Former CU Buff Nate Solder opts out of NFL season

Solder was entering 10th NFL season

Former Colorado star and current New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder announced Wednesday that he is opting out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our family has health concerns, most notably our son’s ongoing battle with cancer, as well as my own bout with cancer,” Solder wrote in a statement he posted on social media. “We also welcomed a new addition to our family this spring, a baby boy. 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. We fully recognize that being able to make a decision like this is a privilege.”

Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014. His son Hudson, 5, has a Wilms tumor in both kidneys. Solder, an All-American at CU in 2010, was drafted No. 17 overall, by the New England Patriots, in the 2011 NFL draft. This would have been  his 10th season in the NFL.