Free agent pro quarterback Colin Kaepernick received Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday, cementing the jobless athlete’s brand-new role as a civil rights icon.
After receiving the honor, Kaepernick predicted that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.
“I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the person or persons, ” Kaepernick said. “If it were not for my adore of the person or persons, I would not have protested.”
Singer Beyonce, who presented the honor, said she was “proud and humbled” by the experience.
“Colin took action with no fright of consequence or backlash, ” Beyonce said. “Only hope to change the world for the better. To change sensing, to change the space we are dealing with each other. Especially people of color.”