Sports Illustrated Names Colin Kaepernick As Their Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winner
The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is meant to honor an athlete for their athletic achievement and leadership as social activists. Even though Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played a down of football this season, he is still being rewarded for his efforts outside of sports.
On Thursday, Sports Illustrated decided to give him yet another accomplishment by naming him as their ‘Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winner’.
“Kaepernick, 30, is the youngest winner, and his efforts — from kneeling during the national anthem to working with and funding social justice groups — only date to September 2016. However, those involved in the selection process said Kaepernick met the spirit of what the award represents.
“The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is given to those who make the world a better place,” Steve Cannella, Sports Illustrated executive editor, told USA TODAY Sports. “The fact Colin hasn’t played this year or been on the field doesn’t disqualify him. That fact that he hasn’t played in a game actually shows what he has sacrificed for standing up for what he believes. There will never be another Muhammad Ali, but you can see the echoes of (Ali) in what Colin has done over the last 12 to 15 months.”
Kaepernick started protesting during the national anthem during the 2016 preseason to draw attention to police brutality and social injustices. It took a while but slowly other NFL players began to join in, as well as other athletes in different sports. He has also pledged to donate $1 million of his money to various charities across the country.