New York Giants offensive tackle Nate Solder said that after pursuing God and listening to the Holy Spirit, he has decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, citing his family’s “health concerns.”
Solder made the announcement on Wednesday, saying in a joint statement with his family shared on social media: “My family and I have been praying, wrestling and listening to God about our current circumstances and whether it is best to play football this season. Our primary goal is to pursue God and listen to the Holy Spirit in everything we do. As hard as that can be and as daunting as what He asks us to do can seem, we have come to believe, trust and wait on the Lord.
“This is why we have chosen to pause for this season,” the statement read.
“Our family has health concerns, most notably our son’s ongoing battle with cancer, as well as my own bout with cancer. We also welcomed a new addition to our family this spring, a baby boy,” the father of three said. “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.”
“We fully recognize that being able to make a decision like this is a privilege,” he said, adding that he will “miss” his teammate and coaches.
“As scary and bleak as it sometimes can be, we know that God of the universe has all things under His control, and His plans are and will always be for our good,” he concluded.
The 32-year-old athlete’s son Hudson, 5, was diagnosed with rare Wilms tumors in his kidneys in 2015, when the boy was just three months old. He underwent surgery to have one of the tumors removed last year and underwent a third round of chemotherapy during Solder’s 2019 season, according to Boston.com.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett