Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Anquan Boldin announces retirement from NFL, says his life's purpose is bigger than football

Anquan Boldin announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 NFL seasons. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills during training camp, but after only 3 weeks with the team, he sent word that he was going to end his career.

In a statement to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, Boldin said he is grateful for his time as an NFL player, but believes it is time for him to focus on his “life’s purpose.”

“Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority,” Boldin said. “My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”

The 3-time Pro Bowler had a magnificent career, finishing with 1,076 receptions, 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns. He played in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLVII as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.

In a recent video he recorded for TheIncrease.com, Boldin shared about that purpose he mentioned in his retirement statement and how serving is extremely important to him.

“I want to be able to worship in every aspect of my life. I want to be obedient in every part of my life. In my marriage, in my job, in my finances.”

Boldin went on to talk in the video about why he feels called to serve others and give back.

“I don’t help people to be recognized,” said Boldin. “We do it for a greater reward. The Bible tells us to store up our treasures in heaven. So how do we do that? By doing the will of God here on earth. Until you really seek God, you won’t really know Him. And sometimes, the only time that people will get to know who God is, is by watching our lives.”

Boldin finishes his NFL career ranked 9th all-time in career receptions, 14th in career receiving yards, and 23rd in receiving touchdowns.