“Approximately 90 men are currently employed as quarterbacks in the NFL, as either starters or reserves, and Colin Kaepernick is better—indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better—than at least 70 of them,” GQ said in explaining why Kaepernick was chosen as its Citizen of the Year.
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"And yet he has been locked out of the game he loves—blackballed—because of one simple gesture: He knelt during the playing of our national anthem."
In taking a knee, Kaepernick took a stand and inspired a movement that has reverberated around the world, and that’s why GQ named Kaepernick its Citizen of the Year.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant was named GQ's 2017 "Champion of the Year." Late night TV show host Stephen Colbert was named "Bad Hombre of the Year," and GQ named a woman, Gal Gadot, as its "Wonder Woman of the Year."