Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement on Sunday evening.
Boldin, who won Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens, signed a new contract with the Buffalo Bills just weeks ago, seemingly ready for his 15th season.
"We respect Anquan's decision to retire from the NFL. We appreciate the time he gave us over the past two weeks. He is one of the best receivers to play this game and wish him and his family all the best moving forward," Bills GM Bill Beane said.
Boldin finished his career with 1,076 receptions, 13,779 yards and 82 TDs. Through stints with Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco and Detroit, Boldin earned a Super Bowl (XLVII), three Pro Bowls (2003, 2006, 2008), the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2015) and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2003).
Per ESPN, Boldin has spent parts of the past two years on Capitol Hill fighting for criminal justice reform. His cousin, Corey Jones, was shot to death by a plain-clothed police officer in 2015 after Jones' van broke down on the side of a South Florida highway.
Since then the pass-catcher has "sought to give a voice not only to his family but also to all of those who feel that their cries for justice and change are falling on deaf ears."
Boldin and his wife, Dionne, who have two young sons, have always been heavily involved in community work in their hometown of Pahokee, Florida, wrote ESPN. "The couple has touched thousands of families by providing educational and life opportunities, and in 2014, they established an endowment that has supported 15 four-year college scholarships."