GQ: Colin Kaepernick is 'citizen of the year'

Colin Kaepernick named by GQ as one of their Men of the Year

Colin Kaepernick named by GQ as one of their Men of the Year

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 is joined by Gal Gadot, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Colbert in the "Citizens of the Year" issue, available now.

The cover of the magazine released on Monday shows the former 49ers quarterback with a big Afro and a black leather jacket. Kneeling during the anthem changed everything, the magazine writes. He also posed for a series of photos in Harlem.

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I'm honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. Kaepernick began his protest as a way to call attention to systemic racial injustice and police brutality against black people, but in recent months, the kneeling gesture been co-opted as a general statement of protest against President Donald Trump. He's made headlines this past year, as he started a silent protest by taking a knee during the national anthem.

Kaepernick recently filed a grievance against NFL owners, accusing them of colluding to keep him out of the league in retaliation for his outspoken views.

Director Ava Duvernay, rapper J. Cole, Women's March organizers Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, actor and activist Harry Belafonte were all quoted in the piece, speaking about Kaepernick, activism and the legacy of protests from athletes. "He sacrificed his dream".

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