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Anquan Boldin, Brandon Marshall Share Florida Ties

Posted Apr 14, 2014

The Chicago Bears wideout said he studied the 49ers veteran intently when he entered the NFL. They will play against each other at Levi's® Stadium next season.


Brandon Marshall modeled himself after one pass-catcher when he entered the NFL. 

San Francisco 49ers wideout Anquan Boldin.

“I used to study film when I first got into the league, and he was the first guy I studied,” Marshall, who recorded 100 catches and 12 touchdowns for the Chicago Bears last season, told 49ers.com. “He’s the type of player I want to be. I think we play similar, really aggressive with a lot of passion and leave it all out on the field.

“I’m proud to say he’s a guy I look up to.”

Marshall was in Pahokee, Fla. over the weekend to support Boldin’s Q-Festival charity weekend. Marshall went to high school further north, in Winter Park, and attended Central Florida University well after Boldin’s days at Florida State. 

“I remember when he used to play football at FSU – I think we all do – but what’s cool is when he played quarterback (in high school),” said Marshall, who was defeated by Boldin’s team in the veteran wideout’s celebrity basketball game on Friday. “That’s when I knew he was special. Watching him step in and play quarterback, only he could do that. That said a lot about his character, his leadership.

“I guess that’s why we’re celebrating 10 years of him doing what he’s done in this community. His Q-Fest, serving the community, has just been amazing. If I started the way he did, I probably would have had less headaches.”

Boldin re-signed with the 49ers on March 3 following his 85-catch, seven-touchdown first season in San Francisco. He and the team will host Marshall and the Bears at Levi's® Stadium some point next season.