Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/7/14

Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) catches the ball during the third quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
An exhibition opener shouldn't mean much for a 12th-year veteran. But these are special circumstances for Anquan Boldin. Closure is on Boldin's mind as he begins another potential Super Bowl run. He wants to thank Baltimore Ravens fans, a year and a half after his stunning trade to the 49ers, a team he helped the Ravens beat only 37 days earlier in Super Bowl XLVII. "It'll be a chance to say goodbye to the fans in a proper way," Boldin said. "I wasn't afforded that opportunity. I got traded while I was away." When Boldin returned from a March 2013 relief mission to Africa, he took his distinguished career to the 49ers. He became Colin Kaepernick's leading target (almost by default) and had the Ravens second-guessing their swap for a sixth-round draft pick. "He kicked (butt) after the trade," said one opposing defensive coordinator, speaking on the condition of anonymity this week in a phone interview. "Baltimore had to be thinking, 'Why'd we trade him?' " The Ravens, with finan...
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