GQ Once Compared 2017 Citizen Of The Year Colin Kaepernick to the All Time Greats Muhammad Ali And Jackie Robinson

Published 08/10/2022, 2:15 PM EDT
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during half time of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick revolutionized the sports world after doing something unprecedented on the field. It takes courage to stand up against the entire world and showcase your beliefs. Kaepernick did it in a way that garlanded him the GQ 2017 Citizen of the Year award. Moreover, GQ compared him with the all-time great Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, therefore, drawing immense attention from the press.

GQ is extremely vocal in its support of the former San Francisco 49ers‘ QB. Kaepernick started protesting against the social and racial injustices in the United States by taking a knee during the national anthem. This gesture permeated a variety of sports around the world, starting a cultural movement of its own.


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In addition, in an article posted by GQ, the magazine compares Kaepernick to the boxing legend Muhammad Ali for making a difference through sports. It said, “He’s been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL—all because he took a knee to protest police brutality.”

ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick interacts with fans during the Michigan spring football game. At Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kaepernick was honorary captain for the game. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

The magazine added, “But Colin Kaepernick’s determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson—athletes who risked everything to make a difference.” While GQ acknowledged his efforts, the NFL decided to take him out of the league and blacklist him from participating in any games.

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Since Kaepernick’s suspension, the QB has become an activist, writer, and artist cherished by millions around the world. Colin accused the NFL of blackballing him and won the case prompting a potential return to major league football.


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However, his recent workout did not go as to his plans. Further, the QB is hoping to find a place in any team’s roster but hasn’t found luck with it. The Raiders showed some interest in him after Mark Davis invited him for a workout but the joint effort did not see any headway.

RIVERDALE, GA – NOVEMBER 16: Colin Kaepernick looks on during the Colin Kaepernick NFL workout held at Charles R. Drew High School on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

In conclusion, GQ garlanded Kaepernick with the Citizen of the Year award and compared him to the legends Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson. These iconic athletes used the platform of sports to advance an important message that reached millions and impact several lives.


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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. Ayush has always been an avid sports lover, representing his school team in cricket and soccer.