Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year"

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Ga.

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NEW YORK -- Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ's magazine's "Citizen of the Year" for his activism. 

The magazine shared the announcement on Twitter, and included several photos of Kaepernick alongside some of the men, women and children of Harlem.  

The magazine's story includes comments from several of Kaepernick's supporters and confidants. Rapper J. Cole says Kaepernick "sacrificed his dream" to stand for something. Ninety-year-old singer and activist Harry Belafonte says seeing people like Kaepernick taking action is "the greatest reward" he could ask for.

On Twitter, Kaepernick said he's "honored" by the recognition.  

Kaepernick began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The demonstration sparked a wave of NFL protests by players during the anthem that repeatedly have been denounced by President Donald Trump.

Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn't been signed by another team.