Colin Kaepernick may not be on an NFL field this season, but that’s not stopping him from still being labeled as a professional.
Colin Kaepernick has been in the sports, and national headlines for over a year now. He’s been attacked by President 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.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
In Kaepernick’s cover story, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced,” GQ editors write that the free-agent quarterback wanted to contribute to the article and helped connect the magazine with 10 of his friends and confidants. He also posed for a series of photos in Harlem. But he declined to provide quotes for the story itself, citing a desire to remain silent. which instead includes interviews with singer Harry Belafonte, rapper J. Cole, director Ava DuVernay and former teammate Eric Reid, among others.
“Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank,” rapper J. Cole said in the article.
And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream.
“As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence,” the article explains.
The last time Kaepernick was on the cover of GQ, he was a young brass quarterback leading his team into a Super Bowl. This time around, he is leading a movement that in all likely hood, has cost him his NFL career. To whom much is given, much is required.