Nate Solder recalls one of signature wins of CU Buffs career in wild 2009 KU game – BuffZone


The details escape Nate Solder somewhat. He definitely remembers the scene of euphoria, however.

Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. (Courtesy photo/University of Colorado athletics)

Solder has become one of the most decorated former Colorado Buffaloes football players in the NFL, as won a pair of Super Bowls as Tom Brady’s left tackle in New England while appearing in a pair of others. He still recalls with a laugh how one early teammate pointed out that he won as many games in his first season with the Patriots (13) as he did during his three years as the starting left tackle at CU.

In 2018, he signed a lucrative four-year, $64 million free agent contract with the New York Giants but, due to well-publicized recent cancer scares for himself and his young son, Solder opted out of the 2020 due to coronavirus health concerns.

That has left plenty of time for the Colorado native to focus on his family and, when asked by BuffZone, recall the small handful of big wins the Buffs notched during Solder’s time in Boulder. One of them, a wild 34-30 victory against 17th-ranked Kansas at Folsom Field, occurred 11 years ago on Saturday. When Solder, then a junior, remembers the postgame jubilation, he does so with a slight laugh.