Buffalo Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin has left the team and informed them of his decision to retire, according to Jin Trotter of ESPN.
“Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation,” Boldin said in a statement. “People from all different races, religions and backgrounds working together for one shared goal. The core values taught in football are some of the most important you can learn in life. To always be there for the guy next to you and not let your fellow man down. You do whatever it takes to make sure your brother is OK. Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work. At this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority. My life’s purpose is bigger than football.”
Boldin signed a one-year deal worth about $2.75 million with incentives just two weeks ago. Boldin was expected to be one the primary receivers on the Bills after Sammy Watkins was traded.
So, you’re telling me that Anquan Boldin didn’t come to this realization 13 days ago? You know, before he took to the field with the heaping pile of dog shit that is my beloved Bills? He woke up yesterday, realized the mistake he made, and worked with his creative team to come up with a “God’s work” excuse.
Sorry if I seem like a skeptic, but it’s hard not to be. I better see this man in the front lines of humanitarian and equality efforts in the near future.
When I don’t want to go into work one day, or just quit in general, this will be my go-to excuse.