Happy 29th birthday, Colin Kaepernick
Let’s celebrate with the 29 reasons that he’s the most undefeated player in the NFL
Colin Rand Kaepernick was born on Nov. 3, 1987, though it wasn’t until 10,524 days later that the world would come to see who he truly was. On Aug. 26, 2016, people took notice that while The Star-Spangled Banner played before a NFL preseason game the San Francisco 49ers quarterback sat instead of standing to protest the injustices against African-Americans and other people of color in the United States. His protest turned into kneeling during the national anthem before games, but his efforts haven’t stopped there. Kaepernick has remained true to his cause, and through all the hate and backlash, has found solace in the support he’s gained.
Today marks his 29th birthday, which we celebrate with the 29 reasons that he’s the wokest, most resilient and certainly most undefeated player in the NFL.
1. He took a stand against the national anthem.
“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change … This stand wasn’t for me. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and affect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.” — Colin Kaepernick
2. BY first taking a Seat.
Zoom-in of @jenniferleechan photo during national anthem that shows Colin Kaepernick sitting on the bench. #49ers pic.twitter.com/c6F10yIIRE
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 27, 2016
3. Then by taking a knee.
4. and he got others to join him.
#Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Arian Foster and Jelani Jenkins took a knee during national anthem. pic.twitter.com/AJx9f763KE
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) September 11, 2016
LB Poly alum @Jurrellc among those making a statement before today's games pic.twitter.com/OC5II3Zf1n
— Mike Guardabascio (@Guardabascio) September 11, 2016
Marcus Peters with raised fist during Anthem. Locked arms by #Chiefs. No one sat or knelt. #USA pic.twitter.com/zfHgrphj6l
— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) September 11, 2016
5. Even outside of football.
Megan Rapinoe vows to keep the conversation going by kneeling for the national anthem as a nod to Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/DcqkVS5d4V
— ESPN (@espn) September 5, 2016
6. he pledged to donate his first $1 million of the season.
Colin Kaepernick, on plans to donate $1 million to communities & how today's kneel-protest emerged pic.twitter.com/NMsp2gqZM7
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2016
7. And got the 49ers to pledge $1 million, Too.
8. military veterans supported him.
#VeteransForKaepernick because I didn't volunteer to defend a country where police brutality is swept under the rug. pic.twitter.com/LtBkTvHHAn
— Baltic Avenue (@Baltic_Avenue) August 31, 2016
I serve for his right to protest.. I don't serve for Police Brutality.. #VeteransForKaepernick pic.twitter.com/Q6GUNTwHDO
— Jigga Jeaux (@JoeOnDemand) August 31, 2016
9. so did police officers.
10. He even got President barack obama’s attention.
“When it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past. But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, he’s generated more conversation about issues that have to be talked about.” — President Barack Obama
11.He Rocked the X Cap.
12. He Rocked the ‘Fro.
13. He rocked the black panther party t-shirt.
#49ers Colin Kaepernick wore a Black Panther Party T-shirt postgame (a gift from his girlfriend according to @ElliottAlmond) pic.twitter.com/yLuthEqLjO
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 24, 2016
14. He rocked the cornrows.
Colin Kaepernick is rocking the cornrows now. He's really out here doing it for the entire culture. pic.twitter.com/fyibCK9a94
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) September 13, 2016
15. his jersey became no. 1.
Colin Kaepernick is now the 49ers best selling jersey. More of his gear sold in last week on the 49ers site than the past 8 months combined.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 5, 2016
16. he made the cover of time magazine.
TIME’s new cover: The perilous fight. How national anthem protests led by Colin Kaepernick are fueling a debate https://t.co/FsZoblqj0b pic.twitter.com/pCVB3wM2kp
— TIME (@TIME) September 22, 2016
17. he gave cam newton this look.
Cam: Oh you think you one bad motha.."
Kap: Shut yo trap, sucka! Just keep on shuckin and jivin for the man. pic.twitter.com/gIGX0BGnn3
— Richie Loco (@Richie_l0c0) September 18, 2016
18. and inspired cam to address the issues at hand.
19. He earned his starting job back.
49ers head coach Chip Kelly says QB Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday against the Bills. pic.twitter.com/W1v2x9A68D
— ESPN (@espn) October 11, 2016
20. And rocked this muhammad ali shirt before his first start.
Colin Kaepernick arrives to the stadium wearing a Muhammad Ali shirt. pic.twitter.com/ep1bZKTiOa
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 16, 2016
21. He even proved he could still ball out.
22. He got OaKland, California’s support.
.@Kaepernick7 mural. Spotted on 22nd st. &Telegraph ave. in #Oakland.
… Rightnowish. pic.twitter.com/7QOYtxc9A3
— Pendarvis H. (@OGpenn) September 23, 2016
23. Ruth bader ginsburg called his protest “dumb.”
Ginsburg: Kaepernick protest is 'really dumb' https://t.co/PXNkQ15noV pic.twitter.com/Dl3tXRnw4c
— Yahoo News (@YahooTopNews) October 10, 2016
24. but then she apologized.
“My comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologizes to Colin Kaepernick after criticizing his national anthem protest https://t.co/PAspekdW5w pic.twitter.com/WF4e6WbJzm
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 14, 2016
25. he knows his rights.
26. And Makes sure kids know theirs, too.
“So, myself, my woman, our friends, we came together, we created the [“Know Your Rights”] camp that we wanted to bring to underprivileged communities. Starting first in the Bay Area, trying to reach San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, communities that are truly affected by a lot of the oppressive issues that we’re facing today. And we want to help bridge that gap, give these kids resources to try to help them advance in life, and give them some of the same opportunities that other people have and have the luxury of having.” — Colin Kaepernick
27. He has no regrets about his protest.
“No, there’s not anything I would do differently because, once again, this is what I believe, and this is something I have great confidence in, great conviction in. There’s nothing that anybody is going to say that’s going to change how I feel about these issues.” — Colin Kaepernick
28. He inspired the best halloween costume of my life.
Halloween means all Kaep (& black) everything #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/JLUyh3sWwz
— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) October 31, 2016