Anquan Boldin was the first to announce that he will play again for the San Francisco 49ers next season. His announcement, made via Twitter, was made shortly after his contract was signed. The terms are undisclosed for now, though ESPN reports a rumor that the deal is two years for twelve million dollars, with nine million guaranteed. This is big news for the franchise, and even bigger news for fans looking for another chance at the Super Bowl.
The Niners picked up Boldin in the sixth round of last year’s draft. His impact was felt throughout the season, but particularly the first eleven games, when Michael Crabtree was out with an injury. Over the course of the season, the wide receiver made 85 catches totaling well over a thousand yards along with seven touchdowns. On top of that, reports from the team and coaches paint a picture of a natural leader, someone respected by the entire organization. There were even reports that he was leading teammates in bible study in the locker room.
At 33 years old, Boldin has already had an outstanding career with the NFL. He was hired by the Arizona Cardinals in 2003, and was the only rookie selected to play in the 2004 Pro Bowl. After six seasons, he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens, where in his first year he scored seven touchdowns and gained over 800 yards in the air on 64 possessions. A couple years later, his last game with the Ravens was their Super Bowl win against the 49ers in 2013. One month later, he was traded to the 49ers.
Boldin’s was an instant fan favorite in San Francisco. In the first week, defeating Green Bay, Boldin was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, having become the first wide receiver to gain over one hundred yards in debut games for three different teams.
Boldin additionally holds many NFL records, including…
- Most Rookie Season Receptions – 101
- Most First Career Game Receiving Yards – 217
- Most Receptions in First 26 Career Games – 157
- Fastest to 200 Career Receptions – 34 Games
- Fastest to 300 Career Receptions – 47 Games
- Fastest to 400 Career Receptions – 67 Games
- Fastest to 500 Career Receptions – 80 Games
- Fastest to 600 Career Receptions – 98 Games
There’s already a lot of buzz online about Boldin’s return to San Francisco, with fans hoping he can continue setting records and maybe even bring the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl in 2015.