Anquan Boldin Retires as a Raven

Big Bad Morning Show
October 15, 2019 - 12:58 pm

Before the Bengals and Ravens game on Sunday, Anquan Boldin announced that he was retiring as a Raven.  Boldin also served as the Ravens Legend of the Game.

Boldin was the sixth player to retire as a Raven this year.  He spent three seasons in the organization, including being a main contributor in the Ravens Super Bowl XLVII win against the San Francisco 49ers.  He had six receptions for 104 yards and 1 TD in the 34-31 win against the 49ers.  He was a part of four different teams, but yet retiring as a Raven "had always been a thought of ours.”  

Boldin came to the Ravens in a trade spending six years with the Cardinals.  He was traded to Baltimore for third and fourth round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.  In addition to acquiring Boldin in the trade, the Ravens also received a fifth round pick.

He made his mark with the organization in just three seasons.  He had 186 catches for 2,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in 45 regular seasons games, in which he all started.  He is the Ravens’ all-time postseason leader in receptions (38), receiving yards (616), and touchdown catches (6).  
About six weeks after the victory in New Orleans, Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  
"I still get hit up from fans asking, 'Would I come back for another year or so?' But it does show how much this fanbase embraced us, and I was definitely appreciative of it.  That's why every time I stepped on the field, I tried to give it my all."  
Boldin played for the 49ers for three seasons, until signing a contract on July 28, 2016, with the Detroit Lions.  On August 7, 2017, Boldin a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills but shortly after decided to retire.

“Anquan came here, and not only did he [make an] impact on the field, he was huge in the locker room, and he was huge in the community,” Ozzie Newsome said on Monday.  
Boldin has been very involved with the community, more specifically with the Players Coalition.  The Players Coalition was founded by Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins, safety for the Philadelphia Eagles.
"For me, it's been very fulfilling" he said. "It's the reason I stepped away from football.  I felt like God was calling me to do something different.  I had a chance to live out my dream, but there are just some things that are bigger than football.  There are some things that are bigger than things you want to achieve personally.  And I felt like starting the Players Coalition and affecting change in this country was one of those things."