Bills WR Boldin retiring, “My life’s purpose is bigger than football”

Boldin spent 13 days as a Bills wide receiver.

Buffalo Bills' Anquan Boldin warms up before a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Sunday night ESPN’s Jim Tortter announced on twitter that Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin is retiring.

Boldin signed with Buffalo on August 7th, after contemplating retirement. His stint with the Bills lasted just 13 days. In a preseason game against Philadelphia, Boldin cought one pass for five yards. According to News 4 sports director Josh Reed, Boldin was seen at the Bills facility Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park, but did not practice with the team. He was not listed on the injury report.

The 36-year old began his career in 2003 and is a 3-time Pro Bowler.

Boldin released a statement via Trotter:

Football in its purest form is what we all strive for as a nation. People from all difference 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.


An hour later the Bills confirmed the news that Boldin was leaving the team with a quote from General Manager Brandon Beane. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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