Can you imagine how amazing it would be if you were able to sit down with Anquan Boldin, during the most uncertain time of his career, and get honest answers?
There are so many important, interesting, and timely questions for No. 81.
I get the feeling his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, would never let it happen, but thinking about it makes me really want the coveted press pass credentials.
Any reporter would need to approach this interview with caution, and be willing to abandon the script if things took a turn for the worst.
To get the most out of Boldin, a reporter would have to trust his/her instincts and hope for the best.
My interview style is very conversational. When something interests me, I continue the interview in that direction.
Here is a list of questions I would ask the standout receiver...
1. What was playing in the Super Bowl like, and did you ever think you would play in the big game for the Cardinals?
2. In your opinion, what was the biggest reason your team lost the big game?
3. What was it like to sit out against the Panthers in the playoffs with a hamstring injury and watch your team completely dominate?
4. You were on the receiving end of the most violent hit I have ever seen in the NFL last year against the Jets. What made you still want to play after that and come back to your team so quickly?
5. You and Kurt Warner were seen disgruntled with former offensive coordinator Todd Haley on the sidelines at different times last year. Most notably you during the Super Bowl. Are you happy to see him gone from the Cardinals?
6. You have said that you love playing on this team, but are unhappy with the management, going as far to say that they lied to you. Can your relationship with the Cardinals be resolved with a bigger contract?
7. How much money do you want?
8. You played last year even though you were unhappy with your contract. Any chance of that happening this year?
9. You came into the league in 2003 and instantly became a star, catching 101 passes for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. What did you think when the Cardinals drafted Larry Fitzgerald in the first round the following year?
10. You had your best scoring output last year with 11 touchdowns, even though you missed training camp. How do you explain your increased production and how do you look to improve on your success this year?
11. How much time do you need with a quarterback to get on the same page? How important is the reciever's relationship to a quarterback?
12. If you end up on a different team this year, what kind of legacy do you leave behind in Arizona. What do you want to be remembered for?
These are the biggest questions I would ask Anquan Boldin. Even with press pass credentials, this interview would probably never happen, but it's fun to dream.
To interview NFL stars would be amazing; I would eat it up.
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