He's only been in Baltimore for a day, but Anquan Boldin already has a grudge against the Steelers.
OK, so it's only a joking grudge, but the Ravens' newest wide receiver still wants to get a little payback against the team that stole the Lombardi Trophy from his Cardinals in thrilling fashion two years ago.
"I'm seeking a little revenge on Pittsburgh," Boldin said today with a laugh. "They beat us in the Super Bowl, so I'm definitely looking forward to that match-up."
Known as a physical force and a guy that by no means shies away from contact, Boldin should fit right in with the Ravens, Steelers and the rest of the AFC North.
"The AFC North has always been a tough, hard-nosed [division]," Boldin said, "and I'm definitely looking forward to getting in there and mixing it up."
"He's our kind of football player," head coach John Harbaugh said. "He'll make a tough catch; he'll run after the catch as well as anybody in the league; he's a guy who you can count on in tough, physical games against the people we play in this division."
And Boldin doesn't just get the job done by catching passes; he's considered one of the better blocking wide receivers in the game as well.
Asked about the amount of pride that Boldin puts into that aspect of his game, the wide receiver and Harbaugh turned towards each other and shared a smile.
"For me, it's very important," Boldin said. "Me and coach [Harbaugh] were at dinner last night and we were talking about it. I think the main thing is, if I was a running back or anybody else with the ball in their hands, I would want people blocking for me.
"I don't want to turn on the film and a guy could've had a 50 or 70-yard run and my man made the tackle. That's something I take pride in."
After admitting that leaving Arizona was "bittersweet" because it was the only home that he's ever known in his professional life, Boldin said he's thrilled for the next stage in his football career.
"I think in order for us to grow as human beings, change is necessary," Boldin said. "And this is definitely a welcome change for me. I've been talking over the last year with Ray Lewis, just chomping at the bit to be a Baltimore Raven, so I'm ecstatic about it."