Anquan Boldin is leaving the Buffalo Bills to retire after 14 seasons in the NFL according to ESPN’s Jim Trotter.

Boldin states that his life is bigger than football.

“Football has afforded me a platform throughout my career to have a greater impact on my humanitarian work, and at this time I feel drawn to make the larger fight for human rights a priority”

The Bills have also released a statement on the situation:

“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.”

Boldin attempts to make a catch during training camp (Courtesy Buffalo News)

The Bills are now left with rookie Zay Jones and newly acquired Jordan Matthews, who is out with a chipped sternum, as their top two receivers. Matthews and the Bills are confident that he will be ready for week 1 when they play the New York Jets at New Era Field in Orchard Park, NY.

Boldin was drafted in the second round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2003 out of Florida State. Boldin played seven seasons with the organization before joining the Baltimore Ravens, where he won Super Bowl XLVII. He then played for the San Francisco 49ers for three seasons, and played his final full season with the Detroit Lions where he started all 16 games.

Anquan Boldin hoists the Lombardi Trophy during the Ravens victory parade (Courtesy USA Today)

Boldin finishes ninth all time in receptions (1,076) and 14th in receiving yards (13,779).