Colin Kaepernick hasn't played a single game this National Football League season, but the quarterback earned a highly coveted accolade away from the field as one of GQ's people of the year, the magazine announced Monday.
He was featured on the cover of GQ back in 2013 during the height of his career, but he remains without a team this season - a situation many claim to be the result of his protest.
Kaepernick's protest made waves and inspired other players to protest during the anthem as well, but was also met with backlash by some, including President Trump, who has condemned the players who kneel. And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves-blackballed-because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem. Why speak now, when silence has done so much? He cooperated with GQ for the article-the accompanying photographs are particularly stunning-but was not quoted in the story. "At the same time, Colin is all too aware that silence creates a vacuum, and that if it doesn't get filled somehow, someone else will fill it for him". But Colin Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson-athletes who risked everything to make a difference.
"I always tell Colin: "You are an American hero". Not intentional. Not strategic. "This was work. This is work that he's doing". Sarsour, one of the activists interviewed, declared she could see a future where Kaepernick is remembered for his progress in civil rights.