Anquan Boldin is a wide receiver playing professional football for the Detroit Lions. He has played in the National Football League since 2003 with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, and since 2016 the Detroit Lions. He has received accolades for his play on the field, as well as, for his humanitarian work.
Anquan Kenmile Boldin was born in Pahokee, Florida. He played football, basketball, and ran track in high school. He was a quarterback and was named Florida’s Mr. Football in 1998. He was, also, named Florida Player of the Year by USA Today following his senior year season. He was put on the Florida High School Association All-Century Team. He attended Florida State University and became a wide receiver.
Anquan was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft. He became the only rookie selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl. Impressive statistics and feats were accomplished during the season. Another Pro Bowl and more impressive statistics followed.
In 2010, Anquan was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for third and fourth round 2010 NFL Draft picks. Impressive play led Anquan being awarded the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Impressive play and records continued to be made by Anquan.
He signed with the Detroit Lions in 2016.
Anquan and his wife were together for years before their marriage in 2009. They have two sons. Anquan is Christian and has brought his faith into the locker room by leading Bible studies and prayers. In 2004, he founded the Anquan Boldin Foundation aka Q81 Foundation. The foundation provides education and life opportunities to underprivileged children. There are scholarship and dental programs, as well as, awards for community achievement.
Anquan has supported other football players as well. He, also, visited Ethiopia in 2012 with former Cardinals teammate Larry Fitzgerald. They volunteered and moved rocks to help create more arable land. For all of his humanitarian efforts he was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2015. Be inspired! Have a bright day!