Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Former NFL Colin Kaepernick Receives "Citizen of the Year" By GQ Magazine


In a move that will undoubtedly be applauded by some, and scrutinized by many more, GQ Magazine has named Colin Kaepernick their "Citizen of the Year" for 2017.

"Approximately 90 men are now employed as quarterbacks in the National Football League, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better-indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better-than at least 70 of them", GQ said in explaining why Kaepernick was chosen as its Citizen of the Year.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to American sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

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The GQ photographer chose to take pictures of Kaepernick in Harlem, New York City, where Ali visited frequently, "among the men, women, and children he is fighting for.to connect him to a crusade that stretches back decades".

The accompanying piece from GQ is titled, "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced".

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A quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick was not resigned after the season ended earlier this year. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honoured' by the recognition".

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was named GQ's 2017 "Champion of the Year".

The magazine 's story includes comments from several of Kaepernick's supporters and confidants.

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