ANQUAN BOLDIN #81
National Football League
Anquan Boldin is a professional football player with a 12-year, well-proven track record for contributing to team success, leadership and work ethic. Boldin demonstrated All-Pro attributes for his team the San Francisco 49ers, having completed the 2013 regular season with his most receptions in a single season since 2008 with 85 catches, most receiving yards in a year since 2006 with 1,179 yards, and most touchdown grabs in a year since 2010 with seven TDs, while also being selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player. And though only a catch away from achieving another Super Bowl run, Boldin’s Playoff performance established him statistically as the best wide-receiver in the NFL with a career total of 68 receptions, 1,033 receiving yards, and eight touchdowns. Anquan Boldin was voted the 49ers 2013 MVP Award and presented with the prestigious Bill Walsh Award for his amazing ability on the field.
Boldin saw it clearly in 2012, that his team, the Baltimore Ravens, could bring home the Lombardi Trophy. After catching 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, Boldin hauled in 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs, as he averaged 17.3 yards per reception. His catches and receiving yards were both Ravens single-season playoff records. The Super Bowl was a classic game for Boldin, a continuation of his historic postseason. Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch, during a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Baltimore Ravens was and continues to be a place called home, with Boldin expressing respect for both the franchise and fans. As a Raven, Boldin became the fastest player in NFL history to record 600 career receptions. Boldin also recorded the 700th reception of his career as the third fastest all time. Boldin’s accolades in the community was awarded the 2010 and 2012 Ravens Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Boldin started his NFL career as an Arizona Cardinal, earning enormous achievements with five, 1,000 yard seasons. On November 15, 2009 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Boldin became the fifth fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards. In 2008 Boldin helped lead his team to their first ever Superbowl as well as his third Pro Bowl season. He demonstrated true team player skills and leadership that season after a triumphant return from a horrific hit causing surgery procedures to correct a fractured facial bone.
In 2006, Boldin was seventh in the league in receiving yards with 1,203 and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. It was his third, 1,000-yard season. In 2004, Boldin was named a Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist. This award is given by the NFL in recognition of players in off-the-field community service as well and playing with excellence. That same year he was also awarded the Ed Block Courage Award by the Arizona Cardinals.
A second-round draft choice in 2003, Boldin became the most prolific rookie receiver in league records, with 101 receptions (which broke the record of 98 held by New England’s Terry Glenn in 1996). The only rookie selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl, Boldin recorded five 100-yard games in his rookie season and was the only receiver to post a 100-yard game for the Cardinals in 2004. In his first professional season, Boldin caught at least three passes in all 16 games and his five 100-yard receiving games were the most by Cardinal since 1998 (Frank Sanders, 5).
Former quarterback for Florida State, he was the consummate team player. In 2002, he led the Seminoles in receiving a large tally of notable stats, including 65 receptions for 1,011 yards (15.6-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. During his time there, he rushed 21 times for 86 yards (4.1– yard average) and completed 7 of 16 passes (43.8 percent) for 111 yards and a score. He played receiver and quarterback in the final college game versus Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, had 3 receptions for 34 yards, and a 5-yard TD.