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Beyonce Once Presented Colin Kaepernick This Prestigious Honor for His “Conviction” and “Personal Sacrifice”

Published 05/15/2022, 6:31 AM EDT

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Colin Kaepernick has been trying his best to get back in the NFL. After five years of training behind the scenes, he returned to the gridiron for a few offseason workouts with NFL players to showcase his arm strength. Kaepernick even went across the Atlantic to meet the soccer superstars Lionel Messi, Angel di Maria and Kylian Mbappe in Paris recently.

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Now that the NFL has entered the dead of the offseason in May, it seems unlikely that a team would make a bet on Kap. The polarizing persona of the athlete has made it difficult for teams to make a safe bet on him. However, a few years ago this same persona earned him a prestigious honor.


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Colin Kaepernick won the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in 2017 for his stance against racism. The award was presented to him by none other than the legendary singer Beyonce, while the host of the evening was Trevor Noah. It is certainly one of the most prestigious awards received by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback in his career so far.

Colin Kaepernick received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce in 2017

“Thank you for your selfless heart and your conviction,” Beyonce said. “Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence, or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better to change perception to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color. We’re still waiting for the world to catch up.”

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“Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selflessly serve and protect our country and our communities and our families,” she added. “His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”


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In reply, Kaepernick tweeted a humble response after receiving the award. It was surely a special night for Kap to receive a prestigious honor from the one and only Beyonce. However, years later Kap seeks another opportunity in the league. Will he get a starting role in the league?

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Sauvik Banerjee


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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.
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