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Anquan Boldin says Charlottesville unrest fueled need to focus on humanitarian work

Anquan Boldin shocked the NFL world Sunday when he announced his retirement after being with the Bills for just two weeks.

However, the receiver said a lot of thought went into his decision to walk away from football, but the catalyst was the unrest that took place in Charlottesville, Va., last week.

Game Womens Pavol Demitra Jersey It wasn’t a decision that I made all of a sudden, Boldin said on Sirius XM NFL Radio, via ProFootballTalk. It was something that I had been dealing with for a couple years. I always felt like football would be my passion, football would get me past a lot of things. When I stepped up to the podium, what I said was honestly true.

But just seeing things that transpired over the last week or so, I mean, I think for me, there’s something bigger than football at this point. It’s kind of shocking for me to say that because football has been something that I’ve dedicated my life to. I can remember as a kid wanting to get to the NFL and wanting to be a professional football player. I dedicated my life to that and I never thought anything would take the place of that passion, but for me it has.

When we run ’74’ or something like that where I’ve got to scan and read both sides, that’d be pretty difficult, Lynch said. But for the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.

After former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season, other players followed suit with their own anthem protests to put a spotlight on police brutality and other injustices toward minorities.
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Players like Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins continued their protests this season and Lynch, who did not play last year, sat on the bench during the national anthem before the Raiders opened their preseason schedule against the Cardinals.

Lynch said he did not miss football last year and the hardest thing about coming back this year is getting out of bed.