Colin Kaepernick has been in the sports, and national, headlines for over a year now, being both loved and hated by millions. He's been attacked by Trump and supported in rallies across the country. He inspired a movement consisting of taking a knee against social injustice and he's put his money where his mouth is by becoming a community activist and donating $1 million to various charities.
Today, Colin Kaepernick was honored by GQ Magazine as their "Citizen of the Year" in their "Men of the Year" issue for becoming a movement.
Announcing GQ's Men (and Woman) of the Year 2017: @Kaepernick7, @StephenAtHome, @GalGadot, and @KDTrey5 https://t.co/5W5RMBKdku
Kaepernick appeared on the cover of the magazine four years ago, but things have changed dramatically since then for the former 49er.
According to GQ, Kap agreed to be on the cover through a collaboration with the magazine to salute those who are inspiring change. Per the article:
"Though Colin Kaepernick continues his silent protest, he agreed to collaborate with GQ on a special project for our December Men of the Year issue in an effort to, as the piece explains, "reclaim the narrative of his protest." He helped us assemble a ten-person team of his closest confidants—including rapper J.Cole, director Ava DuVernay, activist Harry Belafonte, and Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour—to speak on the subjects of activism, protest, and equality, and to offer some rare insights into Colin Kaepernick himself.
Paired with the piece are inspiring images by Martin Schoeller, who photographed Kaepernick in Harlem, intending to evoke the spirit of Muhammad Ali’s anti-Vietnam War protests in the neighborhood during the late 60s."
An amazing honor for the man who started a movement by simply being quiet and taking a knee. Congratulations Kap!