Anquan Boldin is one of the most physical receivers in history.
There aren’t many receivers in football more well-known than Larry Fitzgerald, but the Cardinals had another receiver across from him for several years who was dominating in his own right. Boldin was selected in 2003, and left his mark on the Cardinals from the start.
Boldin was the very definition of “instant impact”. In his first game, he recorded 217 yards receiving, a record. He had 101 receptions, 1,377 yards, and eight touchdowns in his first year, winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. In his seven seasons in Arizona, he would average 84 receptions, 1,074 yards, and six scores. Though he wasn’t the fastest receiver, he was incredibly strong, and had terrific hands. This allowed him to make a number of incredible plays throughout his career.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Boldin left Arizona as one of the franchise’s greatest receivers. He’s second all time in catches, fourth in yards, and fifth in touchdown catches. Fans of the Cardinals will fondly remember his years with the team, and the toughness he brought to the position.