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Colin Kaepernick

February 12, 2018
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to the media at a news conference an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talks to the media at a news conference an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

On Aug. 14, 2016, Colin Kaepernick added his voice to the growing national movement against police brutality and took that movement to a whole new level. A Super Bowl-winning star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick staged a one-man protest by sitting out the pre-game national anthem. He later switched to taking a knee, a silent statement that was widely condemned as unpatriotic. Other NFL players and athletes in other leagues joined in taking a knee, too. When Kaepernick did not get picked up by another NFL team after the 2016 season, many cited his protest as a factor. The movement continues more than a year later, even though Kaepernick is no longer in the NFL.