Looking at him now, you’d never guess that Anquan Boldin’s face once was a jigsaw puzzle. Or that he was unconscious and motionless in the end zone for a New York minute, the recipient of a hit so vicious it made his quarterback ponder retirement.
But some day, Boldin’s tale will rank among those of other NFL titans of toughness. And he will shrug it off like it’s nothing, just like he’s doing now.
“People who know me understand what I’m about and what I stand for,” Boldin said. “But to people on the outside looking in, I guess it is a bit surprising.”