Amid the talk of the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers brutally cold battle this weekend, one major player has managed to fly under the radar like usual. On Friday Anquan Boldin finally got some long-awaited praise as the 49ers’ top wide receiver was given the Bill Walsh Award after just his first season by the Bay. This award is synonymous for team MVP and is something that Boldin definitely earned both on the field and in the locker room this season.
On top of a team-leading 85 receptions for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns, Boldin was also a staple of consistency for this 49ers’ franchise. Most young teams would have faltered after an ice-cold 1-2 start to the year, but veterans like Boldin were able to piece it together as San Francisco now rides a four-game winning streak into the NFL playoffs.
The best part about Boldin’s success in 2013 is that he’s done it virtually all by his lonesome. After Boldin, the 49ers next leading wide receiver is Michael Crabtree, who has played in a grand total of 5 games this year! Sure, tight ends Vernon Davis and Bruce Miller have contributed, but Boldin surely hasn’t been a given a ton of help on the outside.
Moving on, I fully expect Boldin to ride this MVP honor straight into the playoffs because No. 81 has been playing lights out as of late. In fact, since Crabtree returned in Week 13 Boldin has caught at least six passes in all but one game. We all know what Boldin did for the Baltimore Ravens in the last year’s postseason, but let’s see if the team MVP can make his mark with the 49ers in a similar fashion.