Anquan Boldin always did start fast. He had 10 catches for 217 yards in his very first NFL game (a yardage total that remains his career-high to this day), and almost as soon as he got to the NFL, he was creating a charitable foundation in his name — called the Q81 Foundation — to help underprivileged children both in Arizona and his home state of Florida.
So while Boldin’s name has been bandied about more often in the past 18 months because of his issues with his contract or back-and-forth with the organization, he continues to work off the field toward something that has long been important to him. It includes his annual auction/dinner — held Monday night at the Biltmore — to raise money for his causes.
“I always promised in my heart if I ever had the opportunity to give back, I would,” Boldin said. “There is no better platform than now. Football has allowed me the opportunity to do that.”
Teammates Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Leinart, Neil Rackers, Kurt Warner, Bertrand Berry and Jerheme Urban all showed up Monday to aid the cause — which also had some impressive auction items, like an Jim Brown-autographed helmet and autographed jerseys of Derek Jeter and LeBron James. Boldin doesn’t care how people find out about his foundation. “For me, it’s all about trying to create awareness of people in need,” Boldin said.
You can agree or disagree with how Boldin has gone about his business off the field the last couple of seasons (it’s tough to argue how he’s performed on it). Personally, I know, having known and dealt with Q since he came into the league, it’s tough to watch his story turn the direction it has. But there has never been a doubt about his passion, whether it is regarding his play, what he believes he deserves as a contract, or for children who need his help.
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