The preseason finale marked the end of the exhibition season for the New England Patriots. We witnessed the reunion of former stars, including the one of Tom Brady and Nate Solder.
Former Patriots left tackle Nate Solder was met by his former teammates, and Brady was leading the group. The quarterback met Solder at midfield and gave him a huge hug.
Solder signed a four-year contract worth $62 million with $35 million guaranteed to join the New York Giants. This made him the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history. The deal put an end of Solder’s seven year tenure with the Patriots.
But, there are no hard feelings between Nate Solder and the Patriots.
“I didn’t expect the emotions that I had. But it was just one after the other after the other. So many of them. I think the world of each of those guys. It was touching to see them. Several of them, I keep up with constantly. Just how life is going and those sorts of things. And a few of the other ones I hadn’t talked to since the end of last season. But those relationships go beyond football, so I know those guys will always be friends with me forever, no matter the circumstances,” Solder talked about the meeting with his old friends.
Solder first became part of the Patriots family in 2011. The team drafted him out of Colorado, and made him the starting left tackle in 2012.
Brady missed his former teammate, and talked about his friendship with Solder on WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program.
“There’s a deep connection — I think center there is a deep connection and left tackle and having Nate there for as long as I did, someone who I could always count on, rely on, depend on, who was so consistent day to day. The Giants got a great player. He’s really flourishing, and I know he’s going to have just a great career there, just like he had a great career for us. I’m happy for him and his family and all the success he experiences professionally, and it couldn’t happen to a better guy. He’s just an incredible person,” the quarterback said.
Well, they’ll have a chance to meet on the field again, that’s a sure bet.