One of the greatest feelings in life is realizing what your purpose is, and being able to walk in it on a regular basis. That is exactly what ex- NFL player Anquan Boldin is doing after his recent retirement from his 14 season career in football.
Boldin, recently a wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills, made the announcement that he would be retiring from football to focus more on his humanitarian work. “Seeing how things transpired over the last week or so, I think for me, there’s something bigger than football at this point,” he stated referring to the events in Charlottesville, Va.
Anquan Boldin is know for taking a stand on various community issues, and being a voice for those that need to be heard. He also realizes the power that he and other athletes have, and the platform they are given to make a difference in the world.
The NFL’s 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year recipient stated , “There are a lot of guys in the locker room that are willing to help, but they don’t understand how powerful their voice is. People pay attention to athletes. For whatever reason, they like us.”
For a lot of athletes and celebrities in general, when it comes to publicly taking a stand cultural and political issues, their public image, and financial loss in the form of endorsements usually plays a part in their decision making on whether or not to speak out.
“You just have to put in perspective what’s important,” the Super Bowl champion said. “Yeah, you may lose endorsements, but I think it’s more important to be able to shape the world your kids are going to come up in. You have to be unselfish.
With his previous record of professionalism and community efforts over the past 14 seasons, we can only expect nothing but greatness as Mr. Boldin moves on to this new phase of his life.