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Anquan Boldin Named One of Two 49ers MVPs

Posted Jan 3, 2014

The way Jim Harbaugh sees it, both Boldin and linebacker NaVorro Bowman were selected by their peers as San Francisco's most valuable players.

It may come as a surprise, but Anquan Boldin is not a goal-setter, at least when it comes to his individual numbers.

No, Boldin didn’t set out to finish his first 49ers season with 85 catches comprising 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns.

Still, the production isn’t a surprise either.

“About what I expected,” Boldin said, “to be effective.”

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Ask other 49ers, and they’ll use a different word.


In advance of San Francisco’s visit to Green Bay for Sunday’s Wild Card playoff opener, Boldin was voted the team’s Bill Walsh Award winner. By the team’s definition, the accolade, “which is voted on by coaches, is given to the 49ers team MVP, honoring his outstanding individual performance."

“I guess it means a lot because it comes from guys who get a chance to see you every day, get to see what kind of guy you are, what kind of work you put in,” he said. "From that standpoint, it means a lot.”

Jim Harbaugh agreed.

“Within the team aspect of the game, (we) never get too excited about individual awards,” Harbaugh said. “But, on the same or other hand, you might as well try to get as many as you can.”

Boldin was joined by NaVorro Bowman, who was recently handed the NFC Player of the Month and first-team All-Pro honors, in the MVP category. He received the team’s Len Eshmont Award, which is voted on strictly by players.

“There are two MVP Awards here at the 49ers,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes it’s the same person, sometimes it’s two different people. Think it’s great. Well deserved.”


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