We imagine watching Boldin dominate in the playoffs was strange given the sudden circumstances of his departure. The wide receiver became a natural topic of discussion at the event.
"Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team for this whole organization," said quarterback Joe Flacco, who a day earlier backed Boldin's decision to refuse a pay cut. "It's sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what's best for him and you just wish him the best of luck."
"You lose a lot of things, you lose a leader, you lose that fire," Flacco added. "Most importantly, you lose a really good player and a guy that's done it over and over again."
Wide receiver Torrey Smith looked up to Boldin in the first two seasons of his NFL career.
"It's tough for everyone," Smith said. "Not just myself, obviously there might be a little more responsibility but I had that last year and the year before that. It's definitely hard. The biggest thing is not so much about football, when you lose someone like that, a mentor, a big brother, a someone you love like a brother and would do anything for him. It's tough."
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