Anquan Boldin is a retired professional athlete. He played 14 years in the the National Football League. Boldin ranks 4th for Active Receiving Yards and 5th for Active Receiving Touchdowns. Prior to his time with the Lions, he played with the Detroit Lions (2016-2017), San Francisco 49ers (2013-2015), the Baltimore Ravens (2010-2012), and the Arizona Cardinals (2003-2009). With two Super Bowl appearances, winning it all in 2012 with the Ravens. Anquan is the fastest player to record 600 career receptions, the third fastest to record 700 career receptions, and the fifth fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards. He has tallied five 1,000 yard seasons, is a member of the 1,000 catches club, and has made three career Pro-Bowl appearances.
Boldin attended Florida State University from 1999-2002. He began his career as a quarterback but was quickly converted to wide receiver. In 2002 Boldin lead the Seminoles in receiving a larger tally of notable stats including 65 receptions for 1,011 yards and 13 touchdowns. During his 23 games at Florida State, he completed 118 passes for 1,790 yards and 21 touchdowns. Boldin and FSU took home the National Championship title in 1999.
In 1995, Anquan entered Pahokee High School in Pahokee, Florida. As a three-sport star athlete, Boldin played football, basketball and ran track - competing in sprinting, jumping and throwing events. His quarterbacking prowess led him to be named Mr. Football in 1998, as well as a USA Today first-team selection player and Florida Player of the Year. After devoting his years to leading a successful team, in 2007 he was named to the Florida High School Association’s All-Century Team, which is a team compiled of the top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state of Florida.
Reflective of his career on the field, Anquan has received a number of awards and accolades off the field. In 2016, Anquan earned the NFL’s highest honor for his excellence and significant positive impact on the community by being named the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. Anquan was selected as the 2013 MVP and Bill Walsh Award, for the San Francisco 49ers, nominated as the Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in both 2010 and 2012, and the Ed Block Courage Award by the Arizona Cardinals.
"Walter Payton was a player I idolized as a kid for what he could do on the football field, but he became even more of an inspiration to me as I learned about his legacy as a humanitarian." –Anquan Boldin
Anquan prides himself on putting family above all else. He and his wife, Dionne, became high school sweethearts while attending rival high schools growing up. They have committed themselves and their two sons to serving the community. Boldin's first son, Anquan, Jr., was born in 2004 and his second son Ashton Boldin was born in 2010. Family remains a consistent pillar in his life that has lead him to aspire to do more in the the world beyond playing football.