Anquan Boldin spent seven seasons in Arizona, three in San Francisco and one in Detroit. He only played three of his 14 seasons in Baltimore.
And yet, on Sunday he retired as a Raven.
Boldin quickly became a fan favorite in Baltimore after being acquired for multiple picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the team, he caught 186 passes, totalling 2,645 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Boldin helped legitimize an emerging Ravens passing game, giving Joe Flacco his most reliable target to date. The Ravens have notably struggled to find quality pass-catchers throughout their history, so Boldin was instantly a breath of fresh air.
Of course, the Super Bowl stands above all else. Boldin played a key role in the Ravens’ second Super Bowl victory, nabbing countless big catches. He caught three touchdowns combined in the AFC title game and Super Bowl, and had 104 yards in the Super Bowl.
As the wide receiver mentions during his announcement, Baltimore was a perfect fit for a player known for his physical play. Boldin was the perfect marriage of talent and toughness, and his three seasons in Baltimore were among the best the franchise has had.
He may not have have seen his most prolific years as a Raven; in fact, he never topped 1,000 yards in a season in Baltimore.
But his impact on the franchise was immeasurable, and it’s fitting that he is officially retiring as a Raven.
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