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NFL Prospects Hubbard, Moore Already Winning in the Community

As the 2021 NFL Draft unfolds this week in Cleveland, the lives of 259 incoming rookies will be changed but changing the lives of others is already a priority for two top prospects. Chuba Hubbard, a Canadian-born running back out of Oklahoma State University, and wide receiver Rondale Moore from Purdue University took a break from Draft preparations to chat with retired NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Anquan Boldin about using their professional platforms to make a difference on and off the football field.

Originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Boldin’s stellar first season earned him NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and a 2004 Pro Bowl selection. His distinguished 14-year career also included time with the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, but winning the 2015 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide is an equally important part of his legacy. To this day, Boldin continues his philanthropic work through the Anquan Boldin Foundation which expands educational and life opportunities of underprivileged children.

When Nationwide connected Boldin with Hubbard and Moore, one common thread throughout both conversations was community. Even at the college level, both players recognized that being a role model and giving back didn’t have to wait until they reached the NFL. For Hubbard, that meant establishing a nonprofit organization that gives kids and families resources to lift themselves out of challenging environments. For Moore, it was about volunteering at Special Olympics camps or Boys & Girls Clubs and making first-hand connections with kids in his home state of Indiana.

Check out the full conversations below for more from the veteran Boldin and the incoming rookies.