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Colin Kaepernick Makes Time’s 100 Most Influential People List!

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Well deserved!

Former 49ners quarterback Colin Kaepernick was listed as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, and whom other than Jim Harbaugh to write his story!

Jim Harbaugh coached Colin from the year 2011 to 2014 and is now the head coach for the University of Michigan.

Read what he wrote below:

“Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.”