Colin Kaepernick is the face of Nike’s newest campaign.
The former NFL athlete took to Twitter on Monday to reveal
the news, sharing a close-up shot of his face.
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing
everything. #JustDoIt,” he wrote.
Kaepernick hasn’t been a member of an NFL team since 2016,
and he began to make headlines in August of 2016 when he wouldn’t stand for the
national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial injustice.
Despite not playing for a team, he has continued to received
accolades off the field.
In December of 2017, Beyoncé presented him with Sports
Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.
took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Bey said while
presenting the award.
player took to Instagram at the time to react to the honor.
“Though I never had the pleasure of meeting
Muhammad Ali, he mentored me without ever meeting me,” he wrote. “He
in many ways laid the foundation of what I saw as the zenith of
athlete-activism and perfecting the utilization of your platform as an athlete
to force conversations about how America was not living up to what America professes
to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we
treat each other. Especially people of color,” she added.
Colin was also
named GQ’s “Citizen of the Year” back in 2017.
honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year,” he
tweeted at the time.
Whether he’s on the field
or off, Colin remains aligned with his convictions.
— Stephanie Swaim