PAHOKEE, Fla. — Anquan Boldin played in the NFL for 14 years. Football jerseys and other memorabilia are on display. He retired in 2017 and is using his success to help underprivileged kids in the Glades through his foundation, The Anquan Boldin Foundation.
He knows he needs since he grew up in Pahokee. "You always helped one another, if you saw somebody with a need you definitely helped me because you knew that help would come every time."
One of those needs is for graduating seniors.
Boldin's foundation awards college scholarships. "When you read the stories of these kids, what they have to go through, and the things that they endured, honestly you want to give them all a scholarship."
As for students who want to follow in his footsteps, he has advice. "If you put that talent in front of a coach, there's no way a coach doesn't offer a kid. So for me, I'm trying to as much as I can to put kids in front of college coaches so that they can see with their own eyes."
Boldin tells kids to be respectful and to be careful of what they post on social media. It's about mentoring kids as he was mentored.
"My parents were a big part of my life. My mom and my dad just watching them and seeing them interact with people, seeing how they helped people and seeing how they went about life. They were my two biggest inspirations."
To learn more about The Anquan Boldin Foundation, click here.