New York Giants’ Nate Solder will not be playing in the 2020 NFL season because of his and his family’s health concerns during the coronavirus pandemic.
An agreement was reached last week between the NFL and its Players’ Association that allows players to end the season if they so choose.
Left Tackle Solder, 32, is a cancer survivor and his five-year-old son is also being treated for cancer.
In a statement, Solder said his family had decided to “pause for the season.”
“We are fully aware that making such a decision is a privilege.” he said.
“Our family has health concerns, especially our son’s ongoing fight against cancer and my own fight against cancer.
“This spring we also welcomed a new addition to our family, a little boy. With fear and trembling, we strive to keep our priorities in order, and for us the health of our children and the health of our neighbors stand before football. “
Was solder earn over £ 10m this season. High-risk players who sign out can earn $ 350,000 (£ 270,000) and an accrued NFL season.
He added: “I will miss my teammates, coaches and all members of the Giants organization very much. I would like to thank them and all my friends and fans who continue to support me and my family through the ups and downs.”
Solder is the best-known player to opt out of the NFL season, which is scheduled to start on September 10th.