For starters and established players, the first week of preseason football is usually about little more than reacquainting yourself with the gameday routine before heading to the sideline to serve as a spectator after 10 or so snaps.
49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin is planning to do a bit more than that. He’s back in Baltimore for the first time since the Ravens traded him to the 49ers and he’s looking forward to saying thanks and goodbye to Ravens fans after not getting the chance last year because he was out of the country when the trade went through.
“It’ll be a chance to say goodbye to the fans in a proper way,” Boldin said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I wasn’t afforded that opportunity. I got traded while I was away.”
Boldin’s three-year run in Baltimore saw him catch 181 passes and ended with a Super Bowl title, which likely made it a bit easier for Ravens fans to watch Boldin catch 85 passes for 1,179 yards for San Francisco last season while Baltimore’s offense was scuffling along. It should also make for a nice ovation at some point on Thursday evening.