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Anquan Boldin retires

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Anquan Boldin was supposed to be a key wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills this season. Instead, on Sunday, he left the team and has decided to retire.

Boldin, after signing a one-year deal with the team, was only with the team for 13 days. He was expected to be the team’s slot receiver with Jordan Matthews and rookie Zay Jones, as the starters.

Anquan Boldin (Getty Images)

Anquan Boldin (Getty Images)

“Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation,” Boldin said. “People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. The core values taught in football are some of the most important you can learn in life. To always be there for the guy next to you and not let your fellow man down. You do whatever it takes to make sure your brother is OK.

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

He has played in the NFL since 2003, and spent last season with the Detroit Lions. He had 67 receptions for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

The eight touchdowns were the most he had in a season since the 2008 season with the Arizona Cardinals when he had 11. However, the 584 yards were the fewest he ever had in a season.

Boldin played for four teams in his NFL career. Besides the Cardinals and the Lions, he also played for the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers.

In his career, he has appeared in 202 games, including a 198 starts, in 14-years. He has 1,076 receptions for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns.

He is the latest NFL player that has retired this summer.

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