The NFL has announced the players who are up for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and the New England Patriots’ nominee is left tackle Nate Solder.
Some of his work in the Boston area includes helping with nutrition in areas that are considered food deserts, and he is also contributing a great deal to the fight against cancer.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014, but was free of the disease after one year. Sadly, however, his young son is currently undergoing chemotherapy for kidney cancer. Solder has been working to raise funds to help families and children also dealing with cancer.
The Patriots selected Solder in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has been their starter at left tackle since 2011, and was an All-Rookie performer that year. Solder has missed extended time once during his career when he only played four games during the 2015 season because of a torn right biceps.