National Football League notes: Anquan Boldin abruptly announces his retirement

Palm Beach County native Anquan Boldin abruptly gave up on football just under two weeks after signing with the Buffalo Bills

Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin plans to retire from National Football League, despite recently joining the Buffalo Bills. It was when he emotionally got into opponent after opponent - Boldin wasn't the biggest guy on the field, but he was nearly always the baddest dude.

While with Baltimore, Boldin caught the first completion of current Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor's career in 2011.

But in light of recent events, and the bigger picture beyond football, Boldin sees a greater goal for himself. But there is some speculation that Boldin retired for another reason: He didn't want to play on a team that isn't a contender.

"At this point in your career, you can't get too far ahead of yourself, so I just take it a year at a time", he had said.

"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work".

According to ESPN.com, Boldin left Bills camp Sunday and told the team, which he signed with just 13 days prior, he is retiring.

The Bills confirmed the news shortly after 9:30 p.m. Sunday. We appreciate the time he gave us the past two weeks. He helped the Ravens win the Super Bowl in February 2013.

"It's wonderful, I think, to see how many people will call us "athletes" and will tell us we need to be in the communities and we need to serve in the different communities that we play in or live in", Boldin told The Post during a visit to Capitol Hill in March.

However, after less than three weeks with the Bills, Anquan Boldin made a decision to retire. Matthews, who was acquired the same day Watkins was traded in a separated deal with Philadelphia, suffered a sternum injury in his first practice with the Bills and might not be back until the regular season. A key figure in the team's Super Bowl run in the 2012 season, he recorded 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs that year.

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