Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was presented with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Tuesday night, and he promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”
Grammy award-winning singer Beyonce was brought out as a surprise presenter to introduce Kaepernick, saying she was “proud and humbled” to present the award.
The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award honors “former athletes and sports figures who embody the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership, and philanthropy as vehicles for changing the world.”
Kaepernick was honored for his protest against police brutality and numerous contributions to causes for social justice. In 2016, he began kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to racial inequality and the mistreatment of people of color. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team since then.
He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy, saying the late champ “mentored me without ever meeting me.”
“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”
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(Source: Sports Illustrated)