The 36-year-old Boldin explained his decision in a statement to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, who first reported the news Sunday , saying he was “drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority,” and that “my life’s purpose is bigger than football.”
He said he’s been engaged with societal issues for the past couple of years, and suggested that the unrest in Charlottesville made him unable to wait through a season to resume his human rights work.
Boldin said he “was all-in” when he signed with the Bills earlier this summer, that his intention was “to help this team win a championship; nothing more, nothing less.” He said he feels sure he can still play, and he praised his Buffalo teammates, but he said he wouldn’t return even if a contender reaches out to him later this season.
Boldin, who played for the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions before signing with the Bills on Aug. 7, finishes his career ninth on the all-time receptions list with 1,076 for 13,779 yards and 82 touchdowns .
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