The movement started by Colin Kaepernick has been well documented, affecting all sports, cultures and genders. Today, Kaepernick was recognized for his efforts by a long standing publication which recognizes the efforts and influence notable figures have in society.
This year Time named Colin Kaepernigh to its annual 100 Most Influential People list, putting him in the company of people like LeBron James, Alicia Keys, Simone Biles, Viola Davis, Pope Francis, Chance the Rapper and Elizabeth Warren. To top it off, his former coach, Jim Harbaugh, wrote about Colin on Time's site in praise of the former 49ers' QB.
Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.
Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.
I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.
How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.