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).
- Named offensive co-captain.
- Was placed on season-ending IR after suffering a torn bicep late in the second quarter of the win at Dallas (10/11).
- Prior to the start of the season, became the 13th player to receive the New England Patriots Ron Burton Community Service Award.
- Starter at left tackle through first three games of the season.
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.
- Started 36 of 49 total games during his college career, including four as a tight end in 2007.
- That play total included 1,400 snaps in pass protection, as he limited his opponents to just five quarterback sacks during that span.
- He arrived at Colorado as a 245-pound freshman tight end and transformed into a 319-pound All-American offensive tackle.
- Solder enrolled at Colorado in 2006, spending the season performing with the scout team. He appeared in 11 games in 2007, starting four contests as a blocking tight end. He caught three passes for 50 yards and recorded three tackles on special teams.
- Solder added over 30 pounds to his frame after his redshirt freshman campaign and emerged from 2008 preseason camp as the team’s starting left offensive tackle.
- As a junior, Solder received All-American consideration, adding All-Big 12 Conference first-team honors. He played in all but two of the team’s 852 offensive plays.
- One of four team captains, Solder put together one of the finest seasons ever by a Colorado offensive lineman in 2010.
- 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 (righthander).
- 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.
- Following Christmas 2009, he traveled to Guatemala and volunteered at an orphanage. As a sophomore, he went to Italy during the summer to help rebuild a town after it suffered damages from an earthquake.
- Married to wife, Lexi.
- 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.
HONORS & AWARDS
- Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team