Anquan Boldin

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Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin at McDaniel College in 2010.JPG
Boldin at Ravens training camp in McDaniel College in 2010.
No. 81     San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-10-03) October 3, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Pahokee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Debuted in 2003 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2014
Receiving yards11,741
Receiving TDs66
Stats at
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Anquan Boldin
Anquan Boldin at McDaniel College in 2010.JPG
Boldin at Ravens training camp in McDaniel College in 2010.
No. 81     San Francisco 49ers
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1980-10-03) October 3, 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth: Pahokee, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Pahokee (FL)
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54
Debuted in 2003 for the Arizona Cardinals
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2014
Receiving yards11,741
Receiving TDs66
Stats at

Anquan Kenmile Boldin (/ˈænkwɑːn/; born October 3, 1980) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and played for the team until being traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2010. On March 12, 2013, Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a sixth-round draft pick.[1] He played college football for Florida State.

Boldin was the 2003 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and has been selected to three Pro Bowls.

High school career[edit]

Boldin played football, basketball and ran track at Pahokee High School. His quarterbacking prowess led him to be named Florida's Mr. Football in 1998.[2] During his senior season, Pahokee held a 10–0 regular season record including a 34–14 win over Glades Central in the annual Muck Bowl. After the season, he was a USA Today first-team selection and named Florida Player of the Year.

Also a standout track athlete, Boldin competed in sprinting, jumping and throwing events at Pahokee High. He was timed at 52.34 seconds over 400 meters. In jumps, he recorded a personal-best leap of 6.13 meters in the long jump. As a thrower, he got a top-throw of 13.53 meters in the shot put.[3]

In 2007 he was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, a team compiled of the top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida.

College career[edit]

Boldin attended Florida State University and Hinds Community College. He was converted to wide receiver in order to get more playing time, with only spot duty at QB. In 23 games at wide receiver, he caught 118 passes for 1,790 yards (averaging 15.2 yards per reception) and 21 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2003 NFL Draft[edit]

Boldin created initial concerns of the NFL scouts after he registered a relatively slow 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.[4] He was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals with the 54th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Pre-draft measurables
HtWt40-yd dash10-yd split20-yd split20-ss3-coneVertBroadBP
6 ft 0½ in216 lb4.71 s1.61 s2.77 s4.33 s7.35 s33½ in9 ft 6 in
All values from NFL combine[5]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

As a rookie Boldin set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a rookie in his first game (217), tied Billy Sims for most yards from scrimmage by a rookie in his first game (217), and holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 26 games of an NFL career (157). He is also the fastest to record 300 career receptions (47 games) and finished the season with 101 catches, 1,377 receiving yards, and eight scores. Boldin was the only rookie selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.

Anquan Boldin spent seven seasons with the Arizona Cardinals from 2003–2009 and was voted to three Pro Bowls during his tenure with the team. Here he is shown in September, 2008.

In 2005, despite missing time with an injury, Boldin still caught more than 100 passes for over 1,400 yards. Arguably his finest moment came against the San Francisco 49ers on December 4 when he broke several tackles and scored the game-winning touchdown in a 17–10 win.[6] That year, he and fellow wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald became only the third duo from the same team to each catch over 100 receptions in addition to topping the 1,400-yard mark. They joined Detroit's Herman Moore and Brett Perriman, who accomplished the feat in 1995, and Denver Broncos tandem Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith, who did it in 2000.

After compiling 83 catches, 1203 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in 2006, Boldin and was selected to play in his second Pro Bowl.

Boldin was named the offensive captain for the Cardinals for the 2007 season; during the season, he became the fastest player in NFL history to compile 400 career receptions.

On September 28, 2008, Boldin was carted off the field after a violent helmet-to-helmet collision in the end zone with 27 seconds remaining in the Cardinals’ 56–35 loss to the New York Jets. While attempting to catch a long pass from Kurt Warner, Boldin was hit in the back by free safety Kerry Rhodes and then took an illegal helmet-to-face shot from strong safety Eric Smith, knocking them both unconscious. Smith was able to get up after a few moments. After several minutes, Boldin was placed on a stretcher and carted off the field. Smith was fined $50,000 and suspended one game. Boldin left the game having caught 10 balls for 119 yards and a touchdown. On October 4, 2008, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced that Boldin would be out for an indefinite time period with fractured paranasal sinuses.[7] Boldin returned three weeks later and caught 9 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns against the Carolina Panthers. Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston, who filled in for the injured Boldin, became the fifth 1,000 yard receiving trio in NFL history.

In December, 2008, he became the fastest player in NFL history to have 500 receptions.[8] On January 3, 2009, in his first post-season game, against the Atlanta Falcons in the wildcard round, Boldin had a 71-yard catch and run for a touchdown. In the Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Boldin caught 8 passes for 84 yards.

On May 26, 2009, according to ESPN's Mike Sando, Anquan Boldin fired agent Drew Rosenhaus. He later hired agent Tom Condon.[9]

On November 15, 2009 in a game against the Seattle Seahawks, Boldin became the fifth-fastest NFL player ever to gain 7,000 receiving yards.

Boldin (81) at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in 2012. Also pictured are LaQuan Williams (15) and Torrey Smith (82).

Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Boldin (center) with US Army soldiers while with the Ravens in 2010 at McDaniel College


On March 5, 2010 Boldin was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for the Ravens third and fourth round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Ravens also received a fifth round pick from the Cardinals as part of the deal. Boldin agreed to a three-year deal worth $25 million, in addition to the one year he had left on his then-current deal, bringing the total deal to $28 million over 4 years, with $10 million guaranteed.[10] On September 26, 2010, against the Cleveland Browns, in a game where he caught eight passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns, he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 600 receptions, doing so in just 98 games.[11] Boldin was eventually awarded AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance. Boldin scored 7 TDs in his first year with the Ravens. He had 836 yards through the air as well, on 64 receptions.[12]

In 2011, Boldin had 57 receptions for 887 yards and only three touchdowns. He sometimes struggled with dropped passes. Boldin did record a very desperately needed one-handed catch in the Divisional Playoff Game against the Houston Texans. In that game he also touched the ball four times. He had 73 total yards. He averaged 18.3 yards per catch, with his longest catch being 28 yards. Boldin also had one touchdown. The Ravens won that game 20–13. On January 22, 2012, in the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, Boldin recorded 6 receptions and 101 receiving yards but the Ravens lost 23–20.

On January 6, 2013, in the Wild Card Round of the 2012 Playoffs, Boldin had one of his best postseason performances with the Baltimore Ravens. He caught a 46-yard pass and an 18-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco in a 24–9 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He also set a franchise record of 145 receiving yards in a postseason game. Boldin got his first championship title as the Ravens defeated the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. He had six receptions for a total of 104 yards. He scored one touchdown and his longest reception was 30 yards. His super bowl performance was ranked 31st among all wide receiver performances and 13th in the AFC alone.[13] He was a key for the Ravens successful journey in the 2012 playoffs.

During the 2013 offseason, Boldin was asked by the Ravens to take a pay cut to reduce his $6 million cap hit, or to be cut and become an unrestricted free agent. Boldin refused the pay cut and was expected to become an unrestricted free agent. Boldin's last game as a Raven turned out to be their Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.[14]Soon, he would join the team he beat in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

On March 11, 2013, the San Francisco 49ers agreed to a trade with the Ravens. Boldin was traded to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.[1] On September 8, 2013, in the season opener against the Green Bay Packers which was also his debut game as a 49er, the 49ers defeated the Packers 34-28. Boldin racked up 208 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions during that game. His week one performance earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. He also became the first wide receiver to ever gain over 100 yards for 3 different teams on the team debut matches. Boldin finished the first year with the 49ers with 85 receptions and 1,179 yards as well as 7 touchdowns.[15]

On March 3, 2014, it was announced that Boldin and the 49ers had agreed on a new two-year, $12 million contract, keeping Boldin in San Francisco.[16]

NFL records[edit]

Boldin doing an ESPN interview in 2011.

Cardinals franchise records[edit]

NFL stats[edit]

Receiving Stats[21]

YearTeamGamesReceptionsTargetsYardsYards per ReceptionLongest ReceptionTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost

Rushing Stats[21]

YearTeamGamesCarriesYardsYards per CarryLongest CarryTouchdownsFirst DownsFumblesFumbles Lost


He has a brother, DJ Boldin, who plays in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.

Boldin's son, Anquan, Jr., was born in 2004.[22]

Boldin is a Christian. With the Baltimore Ravens, Boldin would often lead Bible study in the locker room.[23]

Boldin established the Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation in 2004. The Foundation is dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children and has a track record for sustaining programs in multiple cities. As evidenced by the charitable activities in Arizona, Baltimore and Boldin’s home state of Florida, the Q81 Foundation has an its annual Q-Festival Weekend,[24] Holiday Turkey Drive and Shopping Spree, and Q81 Summer Enrichment Program partnered with Florida Crystals[25] The Foundation exercises scholarship and dental programs for children. It also serves the community by awarding great scholastic and community achievement in youth.[26]

In March 2012, Boldin and former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald went to Ethiopia, where they volunteered to move rocks to create arable land.[27]


  1. ^ a b Aaron Wilson (March 11, 2013). "Anquan Boldin traded to 49ers for sixth-round draft pick, sources say". The Baltimore Sun. 
  2. ^ Anquan Boldin Profile – Florida State University Official Athletic Site. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  3. ^
  4. ^ " – 2003 NFL – Draft Preview". CNN. 2003-02-24. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Anquan Boldin Draft Profile". Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Warner, Boldin power Cards past Smith, Niners". 
  7. ^ "Cardinals WR Boldin undergoes surgery to repair facial fracture". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ Gasper, Christopher L. (January 27, 2009). "Well-received". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  9. ^ Somers, Kent (June 1, 2009). "Cardinals GM says Anquan Boldin now represented by Tom Condon". USA Today. 
  10. ^ Dufrene, Nick. "Boldin traded to Ravens". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 7 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  11. ^ Writer, Staff. (2010-09-26) Anquan Boldin Makes History. Football News Now. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  12. ^ Boldin shrugs off AFC Offensive Player of the Week award-Baltimore Sun Retrieved 18 August 2012.
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  14. ^ Alex Ballentine (March 9, 2013). "Anquan Boldin: Conflicting Reports Surround Star WR's Contract Talks with Ravens". Bleacher Report. 
  15. ^ Expectations for Wilson and Kaepernick
  16. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers agree on contract". Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  17. ^ History: NFL Football – Individual Player Records Continued. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
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  19. ^ a b c "Baltimore Ravens bio". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c d "Arizona Cardinals Franchise Encyclopedia". Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  21. ^ a b "Anquan Boldin Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  22. ^ "First Person: Anquan Boldin, Cardinals Wide Receiver". September 24, 2005. 
  23. ^ "Impact Player of Week 1: 49ers' Boldin". 
  24. ^ Anquan Boldin's weekend festival kicks off today. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  25. ^ Anquan Boldin Foundation and Florida Crystals Corporation Summer Program Results Prove Significance – PAHOKEE, Fla., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/. (2012-08-28). Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  26. ^ The Anquan Boldin Foundation. Retrieved on 2013-02-04.
  27. ^ Two veteran wideouts take a life-changing mission to Africa Gary Belsky, ESPN Retrieved 14 December 2012

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