"Our family has health concerns, most notably our son's ongoing battle with cancer, as well as my own bout with cancer," Solder wrote. "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."
Solder's son, Hudson, was diagnosed with cancerous tumors in his kidneys at three months old and has been fighting the disease ever since, and Solder himself had testicular cancer before the 2014 season.
Serving as the Giants NFLPA representative, Solder has part of all negotiations the league and the players association have had regarding COVID-19 protocols, and in the end decided it was best to stay away, becoming the latest NFL player to opt out.
"I will deeply miss my teammates, coaches and everyone in the Giants organization," Solder wrote. "I want to thank them and all my friends and fans who continue to support me and my family through the highs and lows."
If the NFL doesn't do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It's that simple.— Nate Solder (@soldernate) July 10, 2020
Players have until August 4 to decide if they would prefer to opt out of the 2020 season. According to NFL.com, those opting out will be divided into two categories: high-risk ($350,000 stipend and an accrued season towards free agency) and voluntary ($150,000 stipend, no accrued season).
The Washington Football Team and their loaded defensive line will play the Giants twice this upcoming season, with the first meeting scheduled for Week 6 in New York.
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