Boldin retires choosing to put his humanitarian work first

Posted Aug 20, 2017

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin has informed the team that he has decided to retire from football.

He was on the Bills roster for two weeks, but after appearing in his only preseason game for Buffalo, wide receiver Anquan Boldin has informed the team that he has decided to retire from football. 

Bills GM Brandon Beane issued the following statement in the wake of Boldin's decision. 

Boldin, 36, released a statement on his Twitter account. It read in part as follows. 

"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."

The statement doesn't come as a surprise for a player who won the Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2015. After receiving the award he said - "I realized my purpose in life was not to make it to the NFL and score touchdowns. God put me on this earth for something much bigger than that and I realized and understand what my purpose is now. ... It's my prayer and my hope that I can live out the rest of my life honoring God and helping as many people as possible."

The veteran receiver thought long and hard before deciding to undertake his 15th NFL season with the Bills after making a free agent visit with the club last month. 

Boldin's decision suddenly leaves the slot receiver role wide open for newest Bills receiver Jordan Matthews, who began catching passes at practice Sunday in his return from a chip fracture in his sternum. 

Buffalo's receiving corps currently has 12 receivers on their roster. 

Jordan Matthews

Zay Jones 

Andre Holmes

Brandon Tate

Rod Streater

Philly Brown

Jeremy Butler

Walt Powell

Dez Lewis

Rashad Ross

Daikiel Shorts

Brandon Reilly