Former Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin is retiring, to fight for human rights

Former Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin is retiring, to fight for human rights

Former Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin is retiring, to fight for human rights

Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin will call it a career after 14 National Football League seasons, ESPN's Jim Trotter first reported.

In a statement on Monday, Boldin said he retired to make "the larger fight for human rights a priority".

"But just seeing things that transpired over the last week or so, I mean, I think for me, there's something bigger than football at this point".

Boldin ranks in the top four among active receivers with 1,076 catches, 13,779 yards receiving and 82 touchdowns receiving. Buffalo acquired Jordan Matthews from the Eagles earlier this month in a trade that saw Bills receiver Sammy Watkins shipped to the Rams, but Matthews fractured his sternum in practice last week. Boldin's decision, regardless of how sudden it came, is still a commendable one. Boldin also made the Pro Bowl three times, and was a key member of the Super Bowl winning Baltimore Ravens in 2012. After signing with the Bills, the veteran wide receiver said his goal in continuing to play was to win the second championship of his career.

"For me, I'm uncomfortable with how divided we are as a country", Boldin said. He was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft with the No. 54 overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Angry for not getting a new contract extension around the start of the 2008 season when he felt the organization had promised (Fitz had just gotten a huge deal himself), Boldin still had three years left on his contract at the time.

Boldin has made criminal justice reform his pet project since his cousin was shot to death by a police officer in 2015 after his van stalled on a South Florida highway.

He discounted the notion that he might reconsider retirement and choose to play for a contender later this season. During his senior season at East Carolina, Jones tallied a ridiculous 158 catches for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 36-year-old spent the first seven years of his professional career suiting up for the Cardinals.

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