Boldin: I'm playing to win another championship

August 08, 2017 - 5:48 pm
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After his first practice with the Buffalo Bills, wide receiver Anquan Boldin met with the media and speak on his signing process, as well as his thoughts on his new team. 

"I just felt comfortable when I took my visit. Had a chance to meet with coach (Sean McDermott) and just liked the direction everything was heading in." Boldin said, "For me, I still have a passion, a passion to play football. Coming here to Buffalo, I've seen how excited the fans areand how into football they are. I love the coaching that's around here, I know some guys that are on this team, I know where their hearts are and how they view football. So I felt like this was a good place for me to be," 

"I don't think I have anything to prove, but for me it's about leaving a legacy. You want to be in control of your legacy at the end of the day... I'm also playing to win another championship. That's the reason I'm here, to try and win a championship."  

Boldin met with the Bills back on July 24th, but left without a contract. Many speculated that Boldin was weighing other options, but Boldin stated that was not the case, keeping in constant contact with the Bills: "It was just staying in contact with them, letting them know where I was, the things I was trying to process... I felt like it was a good fit, so that wasn't a question of whether I wanted to be here or not."

Boldin, 37, knows that he isn't getting any younger, "I just take it one year at a time, especially at this point in your career you can't get too far ahead of yourself. So, I just take it a year at a time. Once I'm committed, I'm all in and I'll see how the season goes from there and then make a decision in the offseason." Boldin also seems to embrace being a veteran who can provide leadership and guidance to the younger players as well, "It's a role that's sometimes missing in this league. I didn't have anybody in that position to help me out when I first came in the league. A lot of guys look at it as if a younger guy is coming to take his job... but me, I see it in a different way, if I can help a guy be the best he can be, I'm all for it. The better he is as my teammate, the better we're going to be as a team."

And, of course, with being such a well known player in a 15 year career, Boldin has been hearing some of the jokes with his age, "I played with Emmitt Smith my rookie year and I used to give him heat about having his rookie card and all of that stuff. I guess it's just me getting it back." 

 

You can listen to Boldin's entire media session below: 

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