New York Giants' offensive tackle, Nate Solder, recently announced via his official Twitter account that he would be opting out of the 2020 NFL season due to his son's ongoing battle with cancer.
Despite the growing concerns from some professional football players over public health and safety, the NFL training camps kicked off as scheduled on Tuesday, July 28.
A few players have decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. And New York Giants' star Nate Solder joined the growing list, albeit for personal reasons.
On Wednesday, July 29, Solder took to his official Twitter account to share a joint statement with his family. He detailed the heartbreaking reason he would be missing the entire season.
Solder, 32, cited his family health travails, including his 5-year-old son Hudson's current battle with cancer and his struggle with cancer back in 2014.
In 2015, Nate Solder's son Hudson was diagnosed with rare Wilms tumors in his kidneys. At the time, Hudson was only three months, and Solder revealed the diagnosis devastated the family.
The last few years have been tough for the player's family. Last year, Hudson had surgery to remove one of the tumors. During the 2019 NFL season, the little prince also underwent his third round of chemotherapy.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has also opted to sit out the 2020 season due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak
Back in 2014, the NFL star underwent surgery for testicular cancer after being diagnosed during a routine physical examination, while he was still playing for the New England Patriots.
Solder revealed in his statement that his family is counting on God to get them through this challenging time and claimed he would miss his teammates and coaches.
Meanwhile, Kansas City Chiefs star Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has also opted to sit out the 2020 season due to concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at the Bell Centre on February 10, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
The NFL is also aware of the risks involved despite the strict safety measures that have been installed by teams and have offered players considered high-risk for COVID-19, the opportunity to skip the season.
Even though the 2020 NFL season is scheduled to go on without the likes of Nate Solder, fans have still taken out time to show love to the Giants' star, while keeping his family in their prayers.