Nate Solder signed the richest contract among offensive linemen when he agreed to a four-year deal with the New York Giants worth $62 million.
Solder, one of the best to suit them up, will immediately fill in to protect Manning’s blind side, and maybe extend his career.
The 29-year-old won the Super Bowl twice, and analysts agree that Tom Brady should give part of his paycheck to Solder by providing him with precious extra seconds to throw those passes.
Nobody can accuse the offensive tackle of only chasing the money since he took less in order to remain with the New England Patriots last year. However, the huge payday will go a long way off the field because he has a 2-year-old son named Hudson who is struggling with bilateral Wilms tumor.
According to American Cancer Society, the disease is named after German doctor Max Wilms who was the first to diagnose the tumor, which starts in the kidney and is common among children. However, cancer affecting the two kidneys is rare as it can be found only in five percent of the cases.
In an interview with New York Daily News, Solder said that the diagnosis, first made when his son was just three months old, almost destroyed him.
“I just felt like I had done something wrong. I felt like I had caused it. I felt like I had let him down,” he said. And he was so innocent.”
It’s easy to see why he blames himself considering that Solder is also a cancer survivor after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014.
There’s another factor that went into Solder’s decision to sign with New York as the Giants toured him in Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and the Hackensack Hospital, particularly the latter’s Children’s Cancer Institute. Also, Manning is known for his advocacy on children’s cancer, which should resonate well with Solder.