Colin Kaepernick accepts SI's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyoncé

Adding to the list of commendations for his activism, Kaepernick was also just honored Monday by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award

Kahron Spearman

Beyonc presented athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night. The singer was a surprise presenter, which only heightened the GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year's reception.

"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better," the singer said. "To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color."

The footprints he leaves are large and his life is and has been a multitextured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I'm taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.

Colin Kaepernick
Free agent quarterback and activist

The quarterback said he would, "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people."

Kaepernick was honored Monday by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award.

"He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African-Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives," Abdul-Jabbar said, in a video tribute.

The full ceremony will be shown Friday night on NBC Sports Network.


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