Anquan Boldin, one of the most underrated and under appreciated wide receivers of this past generation has decided to step away from the gridiron. Anyone that knows the game of football and really pays attention to what's going on in the league knows Anquan Boldin is a sure fire hall of famer. He wasn't flashy so he didn't receive the recognition from the casual fan because he just went about his business, but boy could that man play ball. The guy had the strongest hands in football, he wasn't afraid to throw deadly blocks, and he quietly put up numbers each and every year no matter who his quarterback was. Him and Larry Fitzgerald were one of the best wide receiver duos in NFL history. They are right up there with Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, Torry Holt and Issac Bruce, and whoever else you wanna throw on that list. Boldin and Fitzgerald crack the top 10 in all time receptions and receiving yards, so to say they aren't in that conversation would just be ignorant.
Boldin's retirement came as a shock to many around the league. He had just been signed by the Bills and then two weeks later he decides to call it quits. When asked why he decided to retire he said it was because he wanted to do bigger things. The NFL had given him the platform to move on with his life and change the world for the better and that's what he plans on doing from here on out. That's a true hero right there. Willing to give up millions to help the greater good is something only a handful of people would be willing to do. Bolden is out here setting a great example for players on life after football with this move. He was still a productive player and would've been the #2 receiver on the Bills this year. He realized he already had an accomplished career and was ready to move on and help the world instead of going through the grind of another NFL season. I'd say he made the right decision.
Nothing but respect for Boldin. He's a class act and is a true role model for any kid that wants to be a wide receiver. He's a rare bread nowadays, not all receivers like to do the dirty work, but Boldin did it better than most and it showed with how successful his team's were. He went to the Super Bowl with Arizona, a team no one would've thought had any business being in that game, and then he won a Super Bowl in 2012 with the Ravens. Boldin played a big part in that postseason run with the Ravens putting up big numbers. I wish Boldin nothing but the best in life after football, I hope he accomplishes bigger things off the field than he did on the field because that'll mean he's made a major impact in society, and I hope he doesn't get snubbed of that gold jacket that he rightfully deserves.