TIME Honors Colin Kaepernick as One of Top 100 Most Influential People in The World
Even while Colin Kaepernick continues to be job-less in the league due to his National Anthem protest last year, he still continues to give back to charities and different groups around the Nation—just like he stated he would when he started the protest during the 2016 NFL season.
One person Kaep does have in his corner is former 49ers head coach and current Michigan Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, who gave his former player the ultimate compliment when he penned this piece for TIME magazine about Kaepernick for their top 100 influential people in the world list.
“Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation’s history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.
Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.
I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.
How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.”