Former Seminole Anquan Boldin is making the university very proud


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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin is a finalist for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which honors those who have a commitment to philanthropy and community service.

Boldin founded his Q81 Foundation in 2004, which gives underprivileged children educational and life opportunities. Q81 has affected the lives of children in Pahokee, Fla., Boldin's hometown, Phoenix, Baltimore and San Francisco, which are the three cities he's played in while in the NFL.

Along with Boldin, Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and Carolina LB Thomas Davis are also up for the award.

"I know it means a lot to me, just to be named a finalist," Boldin said. "I think all of the guys involved have done great things. It means a lot to be recognized with those guys."

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If Boldin were to win the award, he would become the third Seminole to be given the honor. Derrick Brooks won the award in 2000 and Warrick Dunn won the award in 2004.

"The Walter Payton NFL Man of The Year is probably the most single distinguished award that you can win," said Brooks, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

You can cheer on Boldin tonight at 9 p.m. on NBC. The winner will be announced during the NFL Honors event and will receive a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice.

 

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