Apr 21, 2015 5:48 PM
Patriots OT Nate Solder says he had testicular cancer before 2014 season
Patriots lineman Nate Solder started all 16 games last season. That's a big accomplishment on it's own, but it's an even bigger deal since he played after having surgery for testicular cancer.
"I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise," Solder said, talking to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss.
"You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, 'I'm not going to freak out about this.' Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn't have checked it, saying, 'Oh, it's just in my head, I'm going to be fine.'"
According to Solder, the cancer had only spread to one testicle, and doctors were able to remove it before the cancer spread.
Solder went on to protect Tom Brady during the Patriots 2014 season and for their win in Super Bowl XLIX.
Solder speaking out now in April, which is National Testicular Cancer Awareness month, to talk about his experience.
"The biggest thing is letting people know and giving them the information," Solder said to Reiss. "And maybe giving people some courage that if they are in a situation like I was, maybe they would go and say something, and that could make a difference."