GQ magazine just named unsigned quarterback Colin Kaepernick to its list of 2017 Men of the Year.
Kaepernick was listed as “Citizen of the Year” by the magazine.
The magazine is honoring him for his political activism comparing him to past civil rights activists who were athletes.
GQ also included TV host Stephen Colbert and NBA Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant as Men of the Year and actress Gal Gadot as Woman of the Year.
USA Today reports:
Colin Kaepernick appears on the cover of an upcoming issue of GQ after the magazine named him one of its 2017 Men of the Year.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is pictured on the cover with the caption “Citizen of the Year.” Late-night host Stephen Colbert, actress Gal Gadot and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are also recognized in the issue.
He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality. 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.
Kaepernick refused to provide quotes for the story but instead directed the magazine to others for comment including Harry Belafonte, rapper J. Cole, and Linda Sarsour.
He did, however, pose for a number of pictures for this edition of the magazine.
Meanwhile, the player protests ignited by Kaepernick is still raging in the NFL this season including kneeling during games on Veterans Day weekend.
The number of protesters was down dramatically to three on Sunday but fan backlash continues.
Fox News reports:
As Americans reflected on Veterans Day weekend and some called for a boycott of the National Football League in response to player protests during the national anthem, few players were seen taking a knee on Sunday.
The league has faced pressure amid new outcry over the protests on social media, such as a Facebook page called “Boycott the NFL,”which boasted more than 227,000 followers and asked football fans to skip watching Sunday’s games “in solidarity with veterans around the country.”