ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Receiver Anquan Boldin is abruptly giving up on football to pursue his humanitarian and charitable work just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills.
Boldin released a statement on Sunday night shortly after informing the Bills of his decision.
”Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work,” Boldin. ”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 added that football brings together people of different races and religions to strive toward one shared goal, and how important it is to not let your fellow man down.
Boldin, the NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year, oversees the south Florida-based Q81 Foundation, which offers educational support for under-privileged children.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team respects Boldin’s decision to retire.
”We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks,” Beane said. ”He is one of the best receivers to play this game and we wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”
Boldin’s decision came as a complete surprise, especially after he talked about building on his legacy entering his 15th season and being open to serving as a mentor
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/boldin-abruptly-retires-2-weeks-after-signing-with-bills-082017
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