San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin was named one of three finalists for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide, for the second consecutive year. One of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as his playing excellence.
Boldin will be available on a conference call on Tuesday, January 26th at 11 a.m. PT. (49ers Conference Call Line – 866-710-5981 – Conference Room Number: 159-231-8300).
Boldin etched his name in the NFL record books multiple times throughout the 2015 season. In Week 16, Boldin recorded his 1,000th career reception becoming one of only 13 players in NFL history to record 1,000-or-more receptions in their career. In addition, Boldin reached 1,000 receptions in 185 games, making him the fifth-fastest player to reach that milestone, and currently ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,009 career receptions. Boldin also became the first player in NFL history to record 50-or-more receptions and at least 600 yards receiving in each of his first 13 NFL seasons. He finished the season with 69 receptions for 789 yards and four touchdowns. Throughout his career, Boldin has been honored with NFL Man of the Year nominations four times by three different teams and has been equally impactful in the community during his 13 years in the NFL.
Boldin is responsible for establishing the Anquan Boldin (Q81) Foundation, which for 12 years has been dedicated to expanding the educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children. Through grassroots efforts by Boldin, the foundation has showcased charitable activities in Phoenix, Baltimore, South Florida and the San Francisco Bay Area, developing a niche for awarding scholastic and community achievement in youth, as well as distributing four-year college scholarships to deserving high school seniors. In 2014, the three-time Pro Bowl selection and his wife, Dionne, donated one million dollars to the Q81 Foundation for continued distribution of college scholarships. That same year, the NFLPA awarded Boldin and his foundation $100,000 for winning the prestigious Byron “Whizzer” White Award. Boldin’s foundation was also awarded $25,000, when he was named a 2015 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award finalist, the only NFL player to be acknowledged.
Furthermore, the 13-year veteran recruits fellow NFL players and celebrities to participate in the annual Q-Festival, a weekend of free entertainment provided to residents and participating fans in his Florida hometown of Palm Beach County, raising more than $100,000 annually. Other seasonal services provided through the foundation include Thanksgiving giveaways, holiday shopping sprees and back-to-school donations.
Boldin’s philanthropic endeavors have also had a global impact. Since 2010, he has worked with Oxfam America, taking two overseas trips to Ethiopia and Senegal and later using his testimony at the White House to lobby Senegalese rights.
Each of the 32 team nominees for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year receives a $5,000 donation to their charity of choice. The two runner-ups will receive an additional $6,000 donation, and the winner will receive a $50,000 donation. Donations will be courtesy of the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.
The winner will be announced during the 5th Annual NFL Honors Awards show, a two-hour primetime special airing nationally on CBS on February 6, the night before Super Bowl 50, from 6-8 p.m. PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
2014 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award Winner Carolina Panthers LB Thomas Davis on Boldin:
“Anquan is a great dude. He’s very genuine and very passionate about helping others. It’s tremendous what he’s doing in the community. The lives he’s been able to impact, it leaves me in awe. I definitely feel that he should win the award. He’s very much deserving. Hopefully he’ll be the recipient of that award this year just based on all the things he’s been able to accomplish.”
San Francisco 49ers WR and 2014 Baltimore Ravens Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Nominee Torrey Smith on Boldin:
“I’m planning on him winning it. I think he should win it. The impact he’s had in Arizona, obviously back home in Florida, in Baltimore and now here. It’s crazy. He’s so spread out. There are not many players that can say that. What Anquan has done is really unique and it’s going to continue to live on longer than his playing days here and I think that says a lot because I think he’s a Hall of Famer.”
Press Release Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers Media Relations