Veteran WR Anquan Boldin retires after 14 seasons

Ross Houston
August 21, 2017

The Anquan Boldin era in Buffalo was about as short-lived as you can imagine, as the veteran receiver told the Bills Sunday he's retiring. He figured to be the team's top option in the slot. People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. Boldin took months to decide whether he'd come back to the National Football League, and political tensions around the country are heating up just as Boldin's going through the heat of an National Football League training camp.

"We respect Anquan's decision to retire form the NFL". His statement through Trotter reflects that, and he wants to put his focus on affecting change through the platform football has afforded him.

But in light of recent events, and the bigger picture beyond football, Boldin sees a greater objective for himself. Boldin's decision came as a complete surprise especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and serving as a mentor for Buffalo's young group of receivers. But if he sees a way he can make a difference in more important matters than football, he can and absolutely should do it. "I was sold on the guy when I visited here. I believe in coach Sean (McDermott) and what he's doing and the direction this organization is heading in". God put me on this earth for something much bigger than that and I realized and understand what my objective is now.

"For me it's not even about having a long career", Boldin said. Matthews fractured his sternum early in his first practice on August 13, which will very likely keep him out for the remainder of the preseason.

That leaves Jones as the No. 1 wideout at the moment.

Boldin said then that he would continue to speak out against injustices.

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