Anquan Boldin, the 49ers’ rough-and-tumble wide receiver, is a finalist for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given to the player who excels both on the field and as a leader in the community.
Boldin’s Q81 Foundation benefits children in and around his home town of Pahokee, Fla. as well as in the Bay Area. In November, Boldin donated $1 million to the foundation to be used for college scholarships. The Bee wrote about Boldin and his effort to pry his home town from the grip of poverty in July.
Boldin, 34, also has led the 49ers in receiving the past two seasons. He is entering the final year of his contract.
The other two finalists are Packers quarterback and Chico native Aaron Rodgers and Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis.
No 49er has won the award since its inception in 1970.
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