"The footprints he leaves are large", Kaepernick said, "and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness". Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction.
"Colin took action with no fear of outcome or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better; to change perception; to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color", Beyoncé said as she thanked Kaepernick for his selflessness and conviction.
"I don't know I could've asked for a better introduction", Kaepernick said afterwards.
J.J. Watt and Jose Altuve were also honored at the event as joint recipients of Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award for their efforts on the field and in aiding Houston's recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Its mission is to "celebrate individuals whose dedication to the ideals of sportsmanship has spanned decades and whose career in athletics has directly or indirectly impacted the world".
A special guest presented him with the honor.
Beyoncé took a strong stance on Kaepernick's actions to protest police brutality at the 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in NY. "He's faced consequences for his courage". However, the true surprise of the night yesterday was the person in charge of handing the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Colin. "It's been said that racism is so American that when we protest racism, some assume we're protesting America".
Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasnt been signed by another team.
"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people".
As she thanked Kaepernick on stage, Beyonce said: "Colin took action with no fear of effect or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better; to change perception; to change the way we treat each other, especially people of colour".
Kaepernick has done just that.
At first, the NFL's televised games and locker room media scrums gave Colin Kaepernick an audience for his protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
Other players supported him, but the movement he started gained new steam - and generated more controversy - after Donald Trump called out players for such actions during a rally in Alabama on September 22.
The Texan diva praised Kaepernick for not waiving despite the backlash.