GQ's first 'Citizen of the Year' cover goes to Colin Kaepernick

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All because Kaepernick took a knee during a preseason game in August 2016.

GQ magazine has named Colin Kaepernick, the unemployed former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, its 2017 "Citizen of the Year".

"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".

Kaepernick appeared on the cover of the magazine four years ago, but things have changed dramatically since then for the former 49er. But Colin also made it clear to us that he meant to remain silent.


"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. It has helped his story go around the world.

Opponents believe Kaepernick and other players are disrespecting the nation and the flag by not standing for the anthem. But the next step is to get Colin back in the NFL. I think we're finally getting where me and Colin envision this going.

Kaepernick has been a free agent since opting out of his contract with the 49ers last winter, after it was made clear by new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan that the quarterback would have been released. He is now suing the NFL and its owners alleging that they are colluding to keep him out of the league because of his stances.

In October, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the league and its owners alleging he remains unsigned as a result of owners colluding against him after he kneeled during the national anthem before games last season.

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