Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the movement of NFL players protesting the national anthem, has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine.

In its cover story, “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced,” the mag says Kaepernick agreed to contribute to the project because “he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest.”

He declined to be quoted directly in the piece, which consists of perspectives from people that GQ describes as Kaepernick’s “closest confidants.”

“Colin also made it clear to us that he intended to remain silent,” GQ says in the article. “As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence.

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