At 36 years of age, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin has made the decision to hang his cleats up after 14 pro football seasons.
While I, personally, would argue he belongs in the “Hall of Very Good,” there’s certainly an argument for Canton with Boldin’s 14-year career in Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit (I’m leaving Buffalo off the list since he didn’t play a regular season game for the Bills).
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by Arizona, where he spent the first seven seasons of his career. He, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald turned the franchise around and took the team to the Super Bowl in 2008.
He would go on to help Baltimore win the 2012 Super Bowl, catching six passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in the team’s 34-31 victory over San Francisco.
Boldin played three seasons in Baltimore, three in San Francisco and one in Detroit (last season) before hanging his cleats up.
He retires in the top 15 all-time in terms of catches (1,076) and receiving yards (13,779), snagging 82 touchdowns as well.
Here’s the final tally over his career:
In terms of on-field production, do you feel that he belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Or simply the “Hall of Very Good”?
Either way, he enjoyed a hell of a career in professional football, and has done a ton of off-field charity/humanitarian work. He didn’t earn the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2015 for nothing.
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