Boldin wins NFL offensive rookie of month award

Updated: October 3, 2003, 10:48 AM ET
ESPN

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Anquan Boldin never complained about being a second-round draft pick. He was too busy getting an early jump on his NFL career.

The result of that was evident Thursday, when the league chose him as its Offensive Rookie of the Month after a spectacular September. He caught 30 passes for 464 yards -- setting records in both categories for anyone's first four games.

The former high school quarterback leads the NFC in yards receiving and is tied with Torry Holt of St. Louis in receptions.

Boldin had an opportunity to gloat months after sitting by the telephone while Detroit picked Charles Rogers No. 2 overall in the draft and Jacksonville made Andre Johnson No. 3. The Cardinals didn't call until the middle of the second round, tabbing the Florida State star in the 54th spot overall.

But gloating is not in Boldin's nature.

"They have a lot of pressure on them, and for me, I can come out and have fun and not worry about all the pressure," he said. "I enjoy the fact that I'm making some plays for my team, but right now the individual accolades don't mean much.

"If we were 3-1 or 4-0, I'd enjoy it a little bit more. But the fact that we're 1-3 right now, that doesn't sit well with me."

An injury and Boldin's versatility affected his short-term income.

He passed and ran for a Florida state record 11,433 yards at Pahokee High School. Switched to wide receiver with the Seminoles, he missed the 2001 season after tearing a knee ligament, started only 23 games in two other seasons and finished his junior year as Florida State's Sugar Bowl quarterback by default after one player higher on the depth chart was suspended and another was kicked off the team.

Boldin left school early for the draft this year, and didn't impress anyone with his 40-yard time.

"I'm not mad at anybody for not picking me up in the first round," he said. "The only thing I wanted was a chance to prove myself and show that I belong in this league."

Quarterback Jeff Blake said Boldin seems born for the NFL.

"He's been playing football his whole life, and he knows how to play the game," Blake said. "It's not hard -- you catch the ball, you run and try to score. I mean, he's doing a great job just playing basic football and letting his talent take over once he gets the ball in his hand."

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