Anquan Boldin, the 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year honoree, is joining the Detroit Lions. The veteran receiver agreed to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
On Tuesday evening, Boldin made it official on Twitter:
This coming season, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to play for the @Lions and reunite with Coach Caldwell for another run.
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) July 26, 2016
The @Lions are a great young team that I hope Authentic Mark Glowinski Jersey I can help lead back to the playoffs with a goal of a championship for my new fans in Detroit.
Allen missed the track season that followed his injury. He called it a “learning experience,” but he’s worked his way back to full strength.
Allen won the 110m hurdles with a time of 13.03 seconds Authentic Marshawn Lynch Jersey at the Trial. That’s 0.11 seconds behind London 2012’s gold-medal time, 12.92, posted by American Aries Merritt. He’ll have a legitimate chance to win in Rio.
Another football benefit: he’s used to playing in front of massive audiences. The Rose Bowl held more than 90,000 people that day. Swelling crowds are not new for him.
“In football, in Autzen, you have 60,000 fans, and then track, there’s only 20,000. So it kind of feels like a little bit less pressure, less stick. Some of the track athletes might be a little bit nervous and in awe of the fans and the atmosphere, but I’ve been used to it,” Allen said. “I’ve been playing in it for the last couple years, so I can kind of manage it pretty well. I’m real comfortable.”
He won’t be the first football player to take the Olympic stage. There’s a long history there, dating as far back as Jim Thorpe’s pentathlon and decathlon golds in 1912. Herschel Walker participated in bobsledding in 1992’s Winter Games, and former Cal and NFL running back Jahvid Best will run track this year for Saint Lucia.
Allen’s ready for what comes next — and also to be a regular person.
His next few weeks will be a whirlwind. Allen travels to Houston on Aug. 2, then flies overnight to Brazil and arrives in Rio on the morning of Aug. 4, the day before the Olympic opening ceremony.
While there are concerns about the wide receiver corps, the response by the Titans was to improve the offensive line with the additions of Ben Jones and Jack Conklin, and bolster the running game with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The receiver doubts stand, but the improved ground attack should absolutely take the pressure off Mariota to make plays.
It’s tough to see improvements to a rushing attack in practice and it’ll take preseason to get the first true glance at the new powerful tandem behind Mariota, but fans can look forward to seeing the second-year quarterback try to take more control of the Tennessee offense that now features Rishard Matthews.