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Baltimore Beatdown roundtable discussion: Is Anquan Boldin a Hall of Famer?

The crew discusses the possibility of Boldin in Canton 

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As we saw a few days ago, former Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Anquan Boldin announced his retirement after just recently signing with Buffalo. Boldin leaves behind a great legacy both on-and-off the field as a tremendous player and community leader. Everywhere he went, he produced and in an era dominated by the "diva" wide receiver, Boldin was quite the opposite with his toughness and tenacity.

Of course, with the resume of Boldin, comes talk and opinion of a bust in Canton, Ohio for the former wide receiver. Since his retirement, feelings have been mixed. One side feels he is deserving of the Hall of Fame, while others feel he isn't due to the fact he was never a truly a "elite" wide receiver and never led the league in any receiving category throughout the entirety of his career. So lets ask the question to the Baltimore Beatdown staff if they believe Boldin is a Hall of Famer:

Brian Malan

Boldin will be a guy who gets into the Hall of Fame when he is on his last years of eligibility in my opinion. It's hard to ignore being 9th all-time in receptions and a reputation as one of the toughest wide receivers to ever play the game. He has more receptions and yards than Hines Ward does and many think Ward is a Hall of Famer as well for the same playing style. Boldin has the accolades to go with the stats, so he should get in one day.

Kyle P. Barber

I don't believe the Hall will vote Anquan in, though he earned the gold jacket in my mind. Anquan Boldin career stats:

  • Super Bowl XLVII champion
  • 1,076 catches (9th All-Time) Only 24 from being top five.
  • 13,779 yards (14th All-Time)
  • 82 Touchdowns (23rd All-Time)
  • 3x Pro Bowl (Not a big Hall of Fame factor)
  • Offensive Rookie of the Year (2003)

He has the numbers, the playmaking, the longevity, and the Super Bowl Championship in which he was a critical player, but if Terrell Owens misses the Hall twice, it's not going to be easy. Anquan was never an All-Pro, first-or second-team. He put up incredible numbers, but he never set himself apart from the others.

The voters will let in Moss. Next will be Owens, but soon after other players will be up, Reggie Wayne, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith Sr., Calvin Johnson Jr., and Andre Johnson. By this time, the voters may skip over "Q" for the others. Isaac Bruce still isn't in the Hall, though he leads Boldin in two of the three major categories.

There's always been a log-jam at wide receiver, and I think Q gets pinned behind others until the Hall stops nominating him.

Vasilis Lericos

Never an All-Pro speaks volumes. Boldin should be in the Hall of very good, not quite great. His numbers stack up pretty well but all wide receiver stats from the last five to ten years are inflated. He was never really dominant for an extended period of time even though he took over games at times for Arizona and Baltimore. If Terrell Suggs is on the Hall of Fame bubble, Boldin is definitely on the wrong side of the bubble.

On a sidenote, I would like to see Boldin honored in the Ravens Ring of Honor. He only played in Baltimore for three seasons, but his outstanding play in the 2012 playoffs was instrumental to the Ravens championship. P.P.S. - Hines Ward does not belong in Canton either, but will probably be selected due to Steelers bias.

Yitzi Weiss

Larry Fitzgerald is already ahead of Boldin in yards and is up in about twenty touchdowns . Players like Fitzgerald and Steve Smith are likely to make it fairly easily, but what differentiates "Q" from Bruce, Hines Ward, etc? I have them all bunched together with Marvin Harrison slightly ahead. Doubt he gets in, unfortunately.

The staff have given their takes, so what say you? I believe Anquan Boldin is certainly a Hall of Famer. He may not have jumped off field with highlights like a Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, or even Odell Beckham Jr., but there was no stopping him. His stats are still very good and he was even better in the playoffs for the Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers, and Lions. In fifteen playoff games, Boldin posted 70 receptions, 1,057 yards, and eight touchdowns. Helping two franchises get to Super Bowls in the process. You know Hines Ward is going in, Boldin deserves it just as much.


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