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Friday Media Transcript: LT Nate Solder

Eric from BBI : Admin : 3/16/2018 10:10 am
T Nate Solder

Conference Call, March 16, 2018

Q: Can you give us a rundown of how you came to your decision?

A: Yeah, so it was a tough decision. There were three really good teams that were kind of in the running and it came down to a couple things. The money was all somewhat equal and it just came down to where my family was going to be most comfortable. My wife's family lives here, this organization is incredible, just the reputation that we know and the reputation that precedes them. At about 2 a.m. we kind of worked out a deal and kind of took our time figuring out what we're going to do and we're so fortunate to be where we're at.

Q: Where is your wife's family from?

A: Her family is from Southbury, Connecticut, so not too far -- maybe an hour.

Q: You're coming to a team where the offensive line has struggled in the past. Do you think you're the key to fixing the offensive line?

A: Well, I think that it's going to be a whole group effort. I don't think one particular player is going to change the whole thing, so with everyone that is already there that I know and anyone that is coming in, we're just going to have to work as hard as we can. It's going to be an uphill process and that's not saying anything about the past, it's just that the NFL is a difficult, difficult league and we're going to have to be the best that we can be to perform at a high level.

Q: What is the biggest challenge for you with this transition?

A: Well, there are a number of challenges. I think right now my priority is just getting the family moved to where they can be situated and they can be okay, and then once that is taken care of, then I can take care of football, and I'm going to dive in as soon as the league allows. I'll be diving into the playbook and whatever the Giants can get me. I look forward to OTAs, we'll be there the whole time, every day, learning the playbook, learning to get to know my teammates, learning how the coaches operate and just doing what I can to help all of those guys and that's kind of my plan. There are going to be challenges, there are going to be bumps along the way, it's always going to be difficult. I look forward to that, I embrace that. I think it's going to be a new challenge, both an exciting and new chapter in the book, and we're looking forward to it.

Q: Does being the highest paid offensive lineman in the NFL bring any pressure or prestige and did you think that when you entered the league you would ever reach that status?

A: No, this is all very surreal. But I think it's a shame on me if the money only helps the Solder family. My belief is that this money has been entrusted to me not for the personal comfort and security, but for an actual impact that we can have on our community and the people around us. I'm just such an imperfect person -- I'm going to make mistakes, so I have to rely on Jesus. We have all through our suffering with our son and everything that goes on in life, so we have to do the same thing with our rejoicing and when things are going well, we have to rely on him. But by God's grace if we joyfully look forward to the momentary impact for the New York Giants, a lifetime of impact on our communities and an eternal impact for the kingdom of God, me and my family could not be more thankful and excited, so it's just a great time. Like you said, no, I couldn't have ever expected this, but we believe that it's God's wishes, not ours, to make the impact in our communities -- for the kingdom, for people that are less fortunate for us. It's nothing about us having a bigger house, a nicer car, anything like that. So like I said, shame on me if it's just about us.

Q: How is your son doing?

A: He's doing awesome, really awesome. We're so thankful. He has one more treatment left and tentatively they're going to do scans, they're going to do different things to see if they can remove his (?). So maybe for now he'll be done with chemo and they do that all very conservatively because they know that things can change and it's never over, but we're all very encouraged and very excited with the way his treatments have gone.

Q: Is there such a thing as the 'Patriots Way' and if so, what is it and are you going to bring that to the Giants?

A: I'm going to worry about one thing and that's taking care of my business. I'm going to do the best I can to play football, love all my teammates, do the best I can in everything that I do, try to improve every day and I don't put any quotations marks around that. That's just the way that I've done it before and that's the way that I'm going to do my best to continue to do it.

Q: Do you feel any teammate-to-teammate responsibility to help out Ereck Flowers?

A: I'm excited to get to play with him and all those guys because he's a talented guy. All the decisions and all the coaching and all that sort of thing, I leave that up to the coaches. I'm going to be the best I can to do what I can -- lead by example and it's a group effort. Like I said, it's not going to be one player, so I don't have the mentality that I'm going to come in and make this huge impact, change the culture and all this kind of stuff. I'm just coming in to play football and be myself and do what I can.
Comes across like  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 3/16/2018 10:18 am : link
a good dude.
Another adult  
George from PA : 3/16/2018 10:35 am : link
I love it
He is a great guy,  
BIGbluegermany : 3/16/2018 10:44 am : link
good signing by our FO!!
Good guy and he's massive  
PatersonPlank : 3/16/2018 10:53 am : link
I remember when we all wanted him in the draft.
Very impressive person. Too bad the Giants didnt draft him but  
Ivan15 : 3/16/2018 11:07 am : link
Reese probably would have lost him by now.
Solid player, solid human  
Rjanyg : 3/16/2018 11:53 am : link
This guy has character and that has a trickle down effect.

Nice investment.
Indeed a great character guy.  
VinegarPeppers : 3/16/2018 4:37 pm : link
Room him with Odell? Kidding. LOL. Besides, Saquan will room with Odell. ;-)
I am just glad to be here  
Jimmy Googs : 3/16/2018 8:07 pm : link
hope I can help the ball-club...
Want to be scared,  
XBRONX : 3/16/2018 9:31 pm : link
watch Solder against the Chargers last year.
A Solid Human Being  
GMen23 : 3/16/2018 11:57 pm : link
Would be happy to see him be a leader of at least that unit.
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