Anquan Boldin Next Round Interview

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I edited this Next Round interview with Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin in ESPN The Magazine's Playbook section.

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  • PLAYBOOK NFL

    MARK J. REBILAS/USA TODAY SPORTS

    OPEN RECEIVERSUPER BOWL CHAMP ANQUAN BOLDINON BERNARD POLLARD, YOUTH FOOTBALL AND PONZI SCHEMES. By Eddie Matz

    THE NEXT ROUND

    Go back to the huge third-and-one in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. How on earth did you catch that ball?After Joe [Flacco] checked from a run play to a pass, I knew he was coming my way. The route was a slant-and-go, but my guy [corner Carlos Rogers] was playing inside, so

    I had to adjust. I hesitated a little to get him to shuffle his feet and then ran a fade route. We practice that back- shoulder throw all the time.

    With no Ray Lewis, can the Ravens repeat?I think so. You cant replace Ray, but the team has a lot of young talent. People might not know about a guy like Dannell Ellerbe, but hes one of the best young linebackers in the NFL. He was key to us winning this year.

    Youve said youd rather retire than go to another team. You really mean that? Im not playing for money. Im not chasing a championship. I dont play for individual accolades. Im set. Theres nothing else I have to prove.

    Your teammate, safety Bernard Pollard, has emerged as one of the biggest hitters in football. Do you think he plays the game too violently?Its tough for defenders now with how fast the game is being played. There are certain situations where a receiver lowers his head because hes about to get hit, and you end up getting flagged because he ducked. Even me as a blocker, Im not worried about where Im hitting the guy. I just have to make the block, and Ill deal with the consequences later.

    You have an 8-year-old son. Do you let him play tackle football?Not at that age. In the leagues Ive seen, I dont feel kids are being taught how to properly tackle. I dont have a specific age when I think hell be ready. I was playing on sandlots until I got to high school.

    You and Larry Fitzgerald traveled to Ethiopia last offseason. Whats the plan this year?Were going to Senegal this time with Oxfam, a group that does a lot of relief efforts around the world. Im bringing along Torrey Smith.

    You won the Super Bowl, then came reports that you were being deposed in a lawsuit regarding a Ponzi scheme. What is your reaction?The people writing about it have no idea. Thats what sucks about the media. They make a story out of whatever they can. People read those stories and make assump-tions. But I dont worry about it because Im not in connection with any Ponzi scheme.

    What will you miss the most when you do retire?The relationships. Theres nothing like the atmosphere in a locker room. If youve never played football, you cant really understand it.

    ARIES SPEARS CHATS WITH FANS FROM ACROSS THE NATION IN THE NEXT ROUND AT es.pn/thenextround

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    ON THE UPSWING Anquan Boldins resurgent postseason (380 yards, four TDs) carried the Ravens to a Super Bowl win. Here are five other NFL vets who showed in 2012 they arent done yet.

    WR REGGIE WAYNE, 34

    RB ADRIAN PETERSON, 27

    WR ANDRE JOHNSON, 31

    TE GREG OLSEN, 27

    RB JAMAAL CHARLES, 26

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