Giants land their left tackle in $62 million splash
Solder has been extremely durable, with only one major injury in his career a torn right biceps in 2015 that forced him to miss the final 11 games. Otherwise, he has played in 15 or more games in all of his six other seasons. In April 2014, the annual physical examination by the Patriots revealed Solder had testicular cancer. He missed several weeks of offseason activities while undergoing surgery and treatment and went on to start all 16 regular-season games that season and every postseason game, as the Patriots went on to win Super Bowl XLIX.
It is all surreal, yes, but also purposeful, considering Solder’s intentions.
I think it’s a shame on me if the money only helps the Solder family, he said Friday morning. My belief is that this money has been entrusted to me not for the personal comfort and security, but for an actual impact that we can have on our community and the people around us. I’m just such an imperfect person I’m going to make mistakes, so I have to rely on Jesus. We have all through our suffering with our son and everything that goes on in life, so we have to do the same thing with our rejoicing and when things are going well, we have to rely on him.
Solder was the Patriots’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, an award honoring players for their contributions off the field and also their performance on the field. Solder’s son, Hudson, turns 3 in July and is battling a recurrence of a cancerous tumor in his kidney. Solder and his wife, Lexi, also have a younger daughter, Charlie.
I asked him a simple question of how he came up with the information on the best safety. He threw me aside like I was a nobody, Byard told ESPN on Wednesday morning. It just puts a bigger chip on my shoulder. I come from a situation where I’ve been ignored my whole life. Being a two-star prospect, having maybe five offers coming out, broke every school record at my school, and I was still talked about being a Day 3 or undrafted guy. In two years, I’m an All-Pro and Pro Bowler.
Byard might not be a household name yet, but he appears on pace to be. NFL players, coaches and media have taken note after his All-Pro and Pro Bowl 2017 season in which he recorded eight interceptions.
The Tennessee safety said he has Sanders’ tweet saved as the lock screen on his phone for motivation.
This just lets me know I still haven’t done nothing yet. It lets me know no matter what you’re doing in this league you gotta keep working until you don’t have to introduce yourself no more, Byard said. Some guys don’t have to reach the All-Pro or Pro Bowl pinnacle to get respect from legends. I understand the position I’m in, being a small-school guy, I have to fight for every inch of respect that I can get in this league. This chip will stay on my shoulder until I’m out the game.