Anquan Boldin on retirement: ‘My life’s purpose is bigger than football’

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Football has been a priority for Anquan Boldin. But after 14 seasons, more than 200 games and nearly 14,000 yards receiving, the veteran wide receiver now feels a higher calling, which is why he left the Buffalo Bills on Sunday after only two weeks with the team and plans to retire.

“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 in a statement to ESPN.com. “My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”

Boldin, 36, has spent parts of the past two years on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. His cousin, Corey Jones, was shot to death by a plainclothes police officer in 2015 after Jones’ van broke down on the side of a South Florida highway.

Since then, Boldin has sought to give a voice not only to his family but also to those who feel that their cries

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20400417/nfl-wide-receiver-anquan-boldin-retire-14-seasons

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