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Patriots offensive lineman admits to having testicular cancer before last season

The New England Patriots have a talented offensive lineman in Nate Solder, but last year the massive O-Lineman found out he had testicular cancer. After having his testical removed, he played the entire season.

“I knew nothing about it. It was a complete surprise,” said Solder, who was diagnosed in April 2014 and had no history of it in his family. “You Google something like that and it kind of scares you, so I was like, ‘I’m not going to freak out about this.’ Had I not had a routine physical, I probably wouldn’t have checked it, saying, ‘Oh, it’s just in my head, I’m going to be fine.'”

He also made sure to let the youngsters know to get checked. 

“I was completely healthy, I’m a professional athlete. It can happen to anybody,” he said. “Make sure you get yourself checked out, especially young men, because that’s who it’s really targeted toward.”

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