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Colin Kaepernick          

NFL Quarterback & Activist; Member of Board of Directors, Medium

Colin Kaepernick is an American civil rights activist and football quarterback who is a free agent. He played six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. As a political activist, he kneeled during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality in the United States.

Kaepernick played college football for the Nevada Wolf Pack, where he was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year twice. Kaepernick began his professional football career as a backup quarterback to Alex Smith, and became the 49ers' starter in the middle of the 2012 season after Smith suffered a concussion. He then remained the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season, leading the team to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1994.

Also in 2016, Kaepernick and his partner Nessa founded the "Know Your Rights Camp", an organization which held free seminars to disadvantaged youths to teach them about self-empowerment, American history, and legal rights. In April 2020, the Know Your Rights Camp launched a relief fund for individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaepernick donated $100,000 to the fund.


Colin Kaepernick Signs First-Look Deal With Walt Disney
Colin Kaepernick’s journey from San Francisco 49ers quarterback to civil-rights activist will be chronicled in a documentary series developed by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal between Walt Disney and Kapernick’s Ra Vision Media production company.
Colin Kaepernick Scripted Series From Ava DuVernay, ‘When They See Us’ Writer Set at Netflix
Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay are teaming for a scripted series about the NFL quarterback’s high school years at Netflix, Variety has learned.
Colin Kaepernick joins board of Medium, will contribute to blog on anti-racism, civil rights
Colin Kaepernick will join Medium’s board of directors and contribute to a new blog on anti-Black racism and civil rights, the company said in a statement.

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