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Nate Solder reacts to emotional reunion with former teammates

Ryan Hannable
August 31, 2018 - 1:55 am

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Nate Solder was trying to warmup prior to Thursday's preseason finale between the Patriots and Giants, but he couldn't because so many of his former teammates were coming over to catch up.

Solder signed a mega-deal with the Giants as a free agent this offseason, but is still well-respected among his former teammates.

It wasn't just offensive players either -- it was defense, special teams and even members of the coaching staff.

“I didn’t expect the emotions that I had,” Solder said to Boston Sports Journal afterwards. “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.”

With the Giants in a re-building phase of sorts, some of the younger players on the team are looking to him, which is a role he doesn't mind having.

“I think we kind of had a shared leadership role in New England,” Solder said. “These days, around here, I think I just do what I’ve always done, and that’s try to serve my teammates, try to love those guys, share the knowledge that I have. But I just don’t look for those opportunities. I look to be the best player I can be and the best I can every day when I go out there.”

Solder and the Giants will take on the Jaguars in Week 1.

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