Will Anquan Boldin be cast into Canton?
By: Jake Rajala
The gutsy and clutch wide receiver Anquan Bolden had one of the most unique NFL journies from the wide receiver position of all time. He entered the NFL in 2003 and it was safe to say he hit the ground running by hauling in 101 catches, 1,377 yards, and 8 touchdowns. His efforts in his rookie campaign led him to win Offensive Rookie of The Year.
Boldin flashed six more seasons of 1,000+ receiving yards (including four seasons of 1,100+ receiving yards) and most importantly: he won Super Bowl XLVII with a levitated Joe Flacco. It’s well-noted that Bold was a stud in the big dance by way of recording 104 yards and a TD. With that said, there is an intriguing, pivotal question surrounding the former Ravens WR: Is Boldin a future Hall of Famer?
I sincerely believe that Boldin is bound to make it into Canton. He may not have had an All-Pro season, but his insane level of consistent, quality play mixed with Super Bowl gold should place him in Canton. He sits at 14th all-time in receiving yards (which is ahead of Andre Reed, Steve Largent, and Torry Holt) & ninth in receptions ever.
Boldin was dubbed a HOF semi-finalist in his first season of eligibility last season. That’s undoubtedly a great sign that he should continue to climb the ladder in respect among HOF voters. The former scrappy WR that is willing to join the Cardinals ring of honor if asked, should soon find himself wearing a gold jacket and standing next to the likes of Jerry Rice in football heaven.
It’s guaranteed that former Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald will link arms with his brother in Canton after he officially retires.