Professional athletes retire for many different reasons - injuries, family matters, old age. Rarely, though, do we see an athlete step away from the game he loves to dedicate his life to social justice. Anquan Boldin has done just that.
"Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time, I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority." Boldin has spent much of the past two years in Washington, D.C., using his celebrity and the access it affords to battle for criminal justice reform. Having lost his cousin to police brutality, Boldin and his family have been personally impacted by the injustice that plagues African American communities, spurring him to take the matter on full time. He wants his legacy to extend beyond the gridiron, and he will continue his trips to Capitol Hill to be a voice for those who have been ignored. He hopes to see immediate policy changes in the criminal justice system to prevent future tragedies like the one suffered by him and his family.
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