Colin Kaepernick named one of GQ's Men of the Year

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Kaepernick doesn't go on record with the magazine, but the issue includes commentary from 10 of his closest confidants, including rapper J. Cole, former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, filmmaker Ava DuVernay and activist Harry Belafonte.

Kaepernick is not quoted in the story, titled "Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced."

Colin Kaepernick hasn't played a single game this National Football League season, but the quarterback earned a highly coveted accolade away from the field as one of GQ's people of the year, the magazine announced Monday.

GQ's other December cover stars are Kevin Durant (Champion of the Year), Stephen Colbert (Bad Hombre of the Year) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman of the Year).

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In their article about Kaepernick, the GQ editors stated that Kaepernick agreed to appear in the magazine - he posed for numerous photos by Martin Schoeller - in an effort to "reclaim the narrative of his protest", they wrote. "It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance".

Kaepernick began a movement previous year when he kneeled during the national anthem before a game as a way of peacefully protesting injustice toward minorities in the United States. It has even provoked the ire and ill temper of Donald Trump. Why speak now, when silence has done so much? Rather, they spoke to those around him to get their story on the man who has single-handedly altered the NFL's political landscape.

Kaepernick took to social media on Monday morning to share the exciting cover, and while there is no shortage of haters on Twitter, the majority of responses to the magazine's choice of featuring him were overwhelmingly grateful.

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