Anquan Boldin, who is regarded by many of his peers one of the most well-respected NFL players, decided to call it quits on a long and remarkable career. Playing for the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers, and Lions since he was drafted in the 2nd round in 2003, Boldin has managed to build a solid case for him to be a Hall of Famer. With the 14th most receptions all-time, Boldin sits above multiple HOFers, and he was set to add to his impressive resume even more this coming season.
Two weeks ago Boldin signed a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. He was expected to play a significant role in the offense and would surely have been able to further solidify his stock as a Hall of Famer. Despite this opportunity, Boldin decided he was destined for an early retirement, although not for fear of brain damage like a few other players determined this season. Instead, Boldin was stirred to give up on his chase for the Hall of Fame in response to the racial strife throughout the nation. Anquan credited the recent events in Charlottesville with motivating him to make a change for the better.
As a recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2015, Boldin has a proven track record of being committed to promoting change. If Boldin is able to make the positive impact that he wants to in his next phase in life, he just may add to his already impressive legacy.