Nate Solder was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
- Recorded his first career reception - a 16-yard touchdown from Tom Brady - in the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15).
2016 (15/15, 3/3)
- Was inactive due to injury in the win at Arizona (9/11).
- Made his first start of the season at left tackle in the win vs. Miami (9/18).
- Started at left tackle vs. Houston (9/22), vs. Buffalo (10/2), at Cleveland (10/9), vs. Cincinnati (10/16), at Pittsburgh (10/23), at Buffalo (10/30), vs. Seattle (11/13), at San Francisco (11/20), at N.Y. Jets (11/27, vs. Los Angeles (12/4), vs. Baltimore (12/12),at Denver (12/18), vs. N.Y. Jets (12/24) and at Miami (1/1).
- Started at left tackle for the Patriots in the Divisional Playoff game vs. Houston (1/14), in the AFC Championship game vs. Pittsburgh (1/22) and also in Super Bowl LI against Atlanta (2/5).
2015 (4/4, 0/0)
- Named offensive co-captain.
- Started the first four games of the regular season at left tackle before suffering an arm injury at Dallas (10/11) and missing the rest of the season.
- Was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve on Oct. 14.
2014 (16/16, 3/3)
- Started at left tackle and played every offensive snap in the Super Bowl XLIX win vs. Seattle (2/1/15).
- Started at left tackle and recorded his first career reception - a 16-yard touchdown from Tom Brady - in the third quarter of the AFC Championship win vs. Indianapolis (1/18/15).
- Started at left tackle in the AFC Divisional win vs. Baltimore (1/10/15).
- Started at left tackle at Green Bay (11/30), at San Diego (12/7) and vs. Miami (12/14).
- Started at left tackle and was part of an offensive line that didn’t allow a sack for the second straight game in the win vs. Detroit (11/23).
- elped pave the way for the team to rush for a season-high 246 yards and didn’t allow a sack in the win at Indianapolis (11/16).
- Started at left tackle in the first 10 games of the season.
2013 (15/15, 2/2)
- Started 15 regular-season games at left tackle as part of an offense that ranked seventh overall in total offense and third in scoring.
- Started both playoff games at left tackle.
- Was inactive due to injury at Baltimore (12/22).
- Started at left tackle vs. Pittsburgh (11/3) as part of an offensive line that helped score 55 points and compile 610 yards.
- Left during the second half at Miami (12/15) with a head injury and did not return.
- Returned to action vs. Buffalo (12/29) after missing one game due to injury.
2012 (16/16, 2/2)
- Moved to left tackle following the retirement of Matt Light.
- Started at left tackle vs. Denver (10/7) on offense that had its second straight 200-yard rushing game for the first time since 1978.
2011 (16/13, 3/3)
- Started all three postseason games and saw action at tackle-eligible tight end.
- Started and played right tackle and tackle-eligible tight end against the N.Y. Giants (2/5) and Baltimore (1/22).
- Appeared in his first postseason game and started at right tackle in win over Denver (1/14).
- Appeared in all 16 games, making 13 starts - 11 at right tackle and two as a tackle-eligible tight end.
- Chosen to Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team.
- Part of an offensive line the helped Tom Brady become one of four players in NFL history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
- Started at right tackle in and saw action at tackle-eligible tight end in win over the Bills (1/1).
- Started at right tackle but moved to left tackle in the first quarter after two teammates went down with injury. Protected QB Tom Brady’s blind side in win over Miami (12/24).
- Started at right tackle in and saw action at tackle-eligible tight end in win over the Colts (12/4), Redskins (12/11), and Broncos (12/18).
- Started his eighth game of 2011 and second at tackle eligible tight end in win over Philadelphia (11/27).
- Played primarily as a tackle-eligible tight end and was part of an offensive line that paved the way for the Patriots to rush for 157 yards agaisnt the Chiefs (11/21).
- Played in a reserve role against the Jets (11/13)
- Started as a tackle-eligible tight end against the Giants (11/6).
- Started his fifth straight game and sixth overall at right tackle in Pittsburgh (10/30).
- Started his fourth straight game and fifth overall at right tackle in win over the Cowboys (10/16).
- Started at right tackle for the fourth time this season and helped pave the way for BenJarvus Green-Ellis to rush for career-high 136 yards on 27 carries and two touchdowns (10/9).
- Started at right tackle for the third time this year at Oakland (10/2).
- Started at right tackle for the second time in his first three games at Buffalo (9/25).
- Saw action in a reserve role against the Chargers (9/18).
- Started at right tackle in his first NFL game. Was part of an offensive line that helped Tom Brady to a personal and franchise best 517 passing yards and a franchise record 622 total yards in the season opener against the Dolphins (9/12).
- Earned All - American first - team honors in 2010.
- Was a finalist for the Outland Trophy for the best college football offensive lineman as a senior.
- A durable performer, he played in 2,540 out of a possible 2,542 plays on offense from the beginning of his sophomore season through the end of his senior campaign.
- That play total included 1,400 snaps in pass protection, as he limited his opponents to just five sacks during that span.
- Started 36 - of - 49 total games during his college career, including four as a tight end in 2007.
- As a junior, Solder received All - Big 12 Conference first - team honors. He played in all but two of the team's 852 offensive plays.
- Selected team captain as a junior and senior.
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Pro-Football Weekly All-Rookie Team
- Consensus All - American first - team selection, receiving that honor from the Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, Pro Football Weekly and Phil Steele's College Football
- One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy; Unanimous All - Big 12 Conference first - team choice
- Named the Male College Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, and also garnered first - team All - Colorado honors from the state's NFF chapter
- Zack Jordan Award winner as the team's most valuable player.
- All - American third - team selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding fourth - team honors from College Football Insiders
- All - Big 12 Conference first - team
- Honorable mention from the Associated Press
- First - Team All - Colorado from the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation
- Named for the second straight year as one of the recipients of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award, which recognizes excellence with class in a variety of areas
- Recipient of the John Wooten Award for outstanding work ethic
- Iron Buffalo Award winner among the offensive lineman.
- Added over 30 pounds of bulk during the offseason and emerged from fall camp as Colorado's starting left tackle his sophomore year in 2008.
- Recipient of the team's Gold Group Commitment Award which recognizes excellence with class in several areas of school, community and general life.
- Redshirted as a freshman.
- It only took a day for Nate Solder to decide to change from his lifelong position of tight end to tackle after playing his freshman year at Colorado as a tight end. "My coaches came to me and said, 'You'd be an all right tight end, but you'd be an even better tackle,''' he told The Boston Globe. "I've always wanted to be great, so that's why I moved to tackle."
- He added over 30 pounds after his redshirt freshman season and was named the team's starting left tackle. He played in 2,540 of 2,542 offensive plays over the next three seasons at Colorado and was an immediate contributor on the Patriots offensive line at right tackle as a rookie. He even had the chance to return to his tight end roots, occasionally filling in as the third tight end in short-yardage situations.
- Nate's father, Ed, graduated from the Naval Academy and served for 13 years in the Navy as a helicopter and jet pilot. His tours included a stint in Vietnam.
- Attended Buena Vista (Colo.) High School and was a standout tight end and middle linebacker.
- Lettered three times in basketball at center, averaging 15 points and 8 rebounds per game as a senior when BVHS was the league and district champ.
- Lettered twice in baseball, playing first base and pitching.
- Boasted a 3.93 grade point average as a member of the National Honor Society and was an honor roll student his entire prep career.
- Graduated from Colorado with a degree in biology in May 2010 (with a 3.52 grade point average).
- Took postgraduate classes toward a second major in integrative physiology during his final semester.
- National Football Foundation Scholar - Athlete for 2010.
- Finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (considered the “Academic” Heisman).
- Earned first - team Academic All - Big 12 Conference honors as a red - shirt freshman, sophomore, junior and senior, and also attained CoSIDA Academic All - District status his junior and senior years.
- Was the recipient of CU's Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence for the 2008 and 2010 seasons.
- An accomplished artist (paintings and sculptures), some of his work earned all - state honors in high school.
- Nate and his wife Lexi have a son, Hudson.