Colin Kaepernick named GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

Colin Kaepernick was named GQ's "Citizen of the Year." (Photo of GQ Magazine/Twitter)

Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ Magazine on Monday.

ESPN reports Kaepernick didn't want to be quoted in the story titled "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced," and chose to have individuals closest to him share their perspectives.

Kaepernick participated in the story because he wanted to take back the discussion of his protest after some critics and President Donald Trump questioned whether or not his kneeling during the national anthem was unpatriotic.

The GQ article also features photographs of Kapernick posing with kids and members of a community in Harlem, New York.

As a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, the quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice, and police brutality against African Americans and other people of color.

Kaepernick left the Niners later that year, and ESPN reported the team would have released him had he not opted to leave.

The movement grew even larger in 2017 as more NFL players began to kneel during the national anthem.

Trump called for the firing of players who kneeled during the anthem. Following his comments, he later tweeted "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!"

Reports later surfaced that NFL owners were considering requring their players to stand during the national anthem.

Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against the NFL accusing owners of collusion, and initiated it under the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

Several supporters of Kaepernick have criticized the NFL owners for not giving him a job while choosing to sign other quarterbacks with far less experience and less impressive resumes. In 2017, several starting quarterbacks have played inconsistent or suffered season ending injuries.

In six NFL seasons, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with a completion percentage of 59.8 while rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has a career quarterback rating of 88.9 and has appeared in two NFC Championship games and Super Bowl XLVII.

Kaepernick finished with 2,241 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 468 yards and two scores as a part of a 49ers team that went 2-14 in 2016.

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