BOW DOWN! GQ Names Colin Kaepernick Citizen Of The Year

GQ Colin Kaepernick

While Colin Kaepernick may not be winning games in the NFL anymore, he STAYS WINNING IN LIFE!

Case in point, the former 49ers quarterback was just named Citizen Of The Year by GQ Magazine!

Looking straight out of Superfly with his picked out afro and leather trenchcoat, Kap is looking DAP!

Take a look:

Now if you like the cover, you're definitely going to love the Harlem-based photo spread that accompanies the cover story. 

We need this jacket!

Giving back to the kids:


What's interesting is that while the title of the cover story is called "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced," he's not quoted in the entire piece. 

GQ shared that Kaepernick, who has rarely spoken publicly since becoming a free agent earlier this year, has "grown wise to the power of his silence."

However, Kaepernick agreed to participate in its project because "he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest." 

"Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent," GQ states in the story. 

"As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence. It has helped his story go around the world. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump."

Instead, the magazine interviewed people he considers his "closest confidents" such as Ava DuVernay, J. Cole, his girlfriend Nessa and Civil Rights icon Harry Belafonte. 

Niners linebacker Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick last year in his protest, also spoke to the magazine about his former teammate.

"My goal this year has been to get the narrative back on track," Reid said. 

"We started having communications with the NFL, and they said they're going to help us make progress on these issues. But the next step is to get Colin back in the NFL. Because he's the one that started this. I think we're finally getting where me and Colin envision this going. Now it's time for him to get back in the league."

J. Cole told GQ that he is in constant awe of the 30-year-old. 

"You're talking about a guy in his athletic prime, who's lived his whole life dreaming about playing football at a level that millions of kids dream to get to. And in his first big season, he takes his team to within five yards of winning a Super Bowl. But then, at some point in time, he becomes conscious about what's happening in the world. And suddenly something that he's been doing blindly for his whole life—standing for the national anthem—now feels uncomfortable."

He added, "Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for? I feel like we're lying. And look what happens to him. Had he not done that, this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank. And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream."

Kaepernick tweeted Monday morning that he was "honored" to be recognized by GQ.


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