Colin Kaepernick is named Citizen of the Year by GQ magazine

Colin Kaepernick is named Citizen of the Year by GQ magazine

Colin Kaepernick may be called many things, but those are just a couple of new labels being thrown his way, courtesy of GQ magazine.

The editors of GQ magazine are very clear about where they stand on the quarterback who hasn't been able to find a job in the NFL a year after he started the movement of kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices.

The 30-year-old Kaepernick was named the magazine's Citizen of the Year and has led the forefront of national anthem protests in the National Football League. On GQ's December cover, Kaepernick wears all black with a gold chain and an unapologetic Afro to accentuate his revolutionary look.

The signal caller, who has been surrounded by controversy over the course of the past year, initially caused a stir when he kneeled during the national anthem last season while with the 49ers.

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Kaepernick began a movement past year when he kneeled during the national anthem before a game as a way of peacefully protesting injustice toward minorities in the United States.

"He wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest, which has been hijacked by a president eager to make this moment about himself", GQ wrote, noting Kaepernick did not go on record for the cover story. He declined to be quoted for GQ's story, which instead includes interviews with singer Harry Belafonte, rapper J. Cole, director Ava DuVernay and former teammate Eric Reid, among others.

"I see what he's done as art". Not as progressive action.

Kaepernick says on Twitter he's "honored" by the recognition.