Nate Solder earns Patriots Community Service Award

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Fifth-year New England Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder was named the team's Ron Burton Community Service Award recipient, which was announced at the team's Charitable Foundation gala Tuesday night.

“Nate has been a wonderful person to get to know over the last four seasons,” owner Robert Kraft said. “Time and time again, he has not only proved his diligence on the field, but his work ethic and character has shined brightly off the field as well, as he has been a tireless volunteer in the community. His devotion to helping others and countless hours of volunteerism is remarkable and worthy of this recognition.”

Solder, who joined the Patriots as a first-round draft choice in 2011 out of Colorado, is the 13th player to receive the award. Just this week, he was talking about one of his community-based passions, FreshTruck.org, which focuses on food access and community health in Boston and has a big event coming up Oct. 1.

Past recipients are Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).