For anyone who thought the decision made by Anquan Boldin to retire had anything to do with the state of the Bills couldn’t be more off the mark. Boldin in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio Monday morning, not only refuted that notiong, but laid out how his passion for his humanitarian work has come to outweigh his passion for football.
“For me it wasn’t a decision that I made all of a sudden. It was something I had been dealing for a couple of years,” Boldin said. “I always felt football would be my passion and get me past a lot of things. Just seeing the things that transpired over the last week or so, what happened in Charlottesville, not what happened in Buffalo, I think for me there’s something bigger than football at this point. It’s kind of shocking for me to say that because football has been something I dedicated my life toward, and never thought anything would replace the passion I had for that, but this has.”
Boldin also said he didn’t sign with Buffalo just to play with Sammy Watkins.
“I feel like we still had the talent on the offensive side of the ball and as a team overall to get the job done,” he said.
But the events in Charlottesville last week, left an impact on him that he felt could not go unanswered.
“For me I’m uncomfortable with how divided we are as a country,” said Boldin. “Is it something that’s new to us? No. Is it something we’re just starting to experience? No, but to see just how divided we are, I’m uncomfortable with that. Do I expect everybody to feel the same way I do? Of course not.
“People have different passions about different things. Humanitarian work is something I’ve been working on for years. Advocating for equality, criminal justice reform. Those are things I’ve been working on for years. It’s not a fly by night decision for me. It’s something I’ve been dealing with for years and something I’m willing to dedicate my life toward. Do I think I can solve all the problems that we have in this country? Of course not. But I do think I have a duty to stand up and make my voice heard and be a voice for those who don’t have a voice.”
Boldin said Bills head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane were disappointed when he told them he was retiring from football, but respected his decision.
“They wished me nothing but the best, and I appreciated that,” Boldin said.
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In an ideal world for impending free agent WR Robert Woods, he’d be back in Buffalo and QB Tyrod Taylor would be in the fold for the foreseeable future. But Woods knows the business of NFL football doesn’t always operate that way. Still, he’s holding out hope that he can be back with the Bills in 2017 and beyond with Taylor as his QB.
“I think there’s always hope,” said Woods in an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I finished out well with them had a good talk with Doug Whaley upstairs. There’s a whole new coaching staff coming in so there could be different plans. I’ve got to speak with them and see their plans and see what happens with the quarterback decision there.”
Woods did admit that Tyrod’s future with the Bills will have an impact on his decision of whether he wants to re-sign with Buffalo should an offer come his way from the club that drafted in him in the second round in 2013.
“Everything factors in. It has to be the right amount as well as the quarterback decision,” he said. “They don’t have a quarterback right now. Tyrod is a pending free agent. EJ Manuel is coming up as a free agent and there are many quarterbacks on the market as well. Who knows the decisions that are going on upstairs, but we’ll all find out in a few weeks. I could see Buffalo still sticking with Tyrod most definitely.”
Woods was asked point blank if he’d like to still be a Bill.
“Yeah it does (matter),” said Woods. “That’s my first team, my first love, the team that drafted me. You don’t always come in the league and picture you’ll get drafted and have that long career and go out and be that team, be that draft pick on that team that goes out and wins Super Bowls. There’s still a chance to do that in Buffalo.”
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