Colin Kaepernick has been chosen for the University of Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame, the school revealed.
The NFL free agent’s alma matter announced its Hall of Fame class of 2020 inductees, which included former NBA forward Luke Babbitt, two men’s and one women’s basketball players, Kaepernick, and two Wolf Pack players.
Athletic director Doug Knuth said in a statement: “The 2020 Hall of Fame class represents some of the best of the best in Wolf Pack history.
“This is an incredible collection of accomplished student-athletes and we can’t wait for the opportunity to welcome them back to campus and celebrate their careers.”
But because of the coronavirus pandemic, the induction will be postponed and the university will plan to celebrate the event once it is safe.
Kaepernick was a star at Nevada before he was taken by the San Francisco 49ers for the 2011 NFL Draft.
He became a civil rights figure when he refused to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality and inequality in 2016.
According to his bio in a press release, Kaepernick has “…been widely recognized for his social activism, winning prestigious awards including 2017 GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year, the 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, the 2017 American Civil Liberties Union Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and the 2018 Harvard University W.
E.B. Du Bois Medal.
“Most recently he has been selected along with the nation’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci as the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope award laureates, an award given out to leaders who use their platforms for good and demonstrate a commitment to social change.”
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