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Anquan Boldin retires: ‘I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority.’

Best of luck to one of the toughest wide receivers of all time.

Fooch’s update: Boldin is retiring to push forward his fight for human rights. Best of luck to him!

In a surprising twist, wide receiver Anquan Boldin has decided to leave the Buffalo Bills and announce his retirement, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Bills signed Boldin on August 7, and he quickly moved into the first string offense. There is no word yet on his reasons for retiring.

I was hoping to see Boldin pad his stats a bit more for his Hall of Fame case, but I can’t blame the guy for calling it a career. He is 36, soon to be 37, and he’s accomplished plenty in his career. He walks away with career totals of 1,076 receptions (9th all time), 13,779 yards (14th all time), and 82 touchdowns (23rd all time).

On statistics alone, he’s a tough call. But he has a strong postseason performance, and there are few receivers as tough as him. I don’t know if it’s enough to get him into the Hall of Fame, but it might be something that gets voters on his side. Fingers crossed.

Boldin has plenty to keep him occupied in retirement. He has his family, and he has his various charitable ventures that earned him the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Best of luck to Anquan in the next stage of his life!

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite plays involving Boldin.