SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Now that he is back with the San Francisco 49ers for a second season, Anquan Boldin's sheer professionalism and approach to the game is no longer a novelty.
It's a given.
"A-plus, plus, at all times," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said about Boldin. "Comes to practice, goes straight home, comes back and kicks butt the next day. And then he goes home, comes back and kicks butt again. You feel showered by the attributes that he has in terms of seriousness of being great, and seriousness of our team improving and winning, in all regards. Everything he does."
It may be a June minicamp. Boldin may be a 12-year veteran at the age of 33. It doesn't matter. He continues to lead and shine at every practice.
It's is a major reason why the 49ers made him a free-agent priority this offseason. They signed him to a two-year deal after he starred last season -- he was acquired for a sixth-round pick from Baltimore. Boldin had 85 catches for 1,179 yards for the 49ers. He's nearly automatic on third down.
It's Boldin's professionalism during practice and during the work day that catches the attention of the people around him.
"You watch Anquan and you take things from him every day," Harbaugh said. "He will go up and talk to a guy, whether it's the quarterback or the wide receiver, an offensive player. I've even seen him do it with defensive backs, and he'll give them a tip. It gets quiet when he's talking because people are listening."