Watch: Beyoncé Surprises & Presents Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in Brooklyn

Posted December 6, 2017

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We told you just days ago that Colin Kaepernick was being honored today with the Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in Brooklyn, New York.

Colin was presented the award by surprise guest, Beyoncé .

via Business Insider:

“I accept this award not for myself but on behalf of the people,” Kaepernick said. “Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today.”

Kaepernick, whose decision as a San Francisco 49ers quarterback to kneel during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice sparked a wave of similar protests, has spent time off the field working with and donating to charities that promote social justice.

Kaepernick has expressed his desire to continue playing in the NFL. But after opting out of his contract with the 49ers, Kaepernick was not signed in free agency. In October, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL.

In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick said he would continue his off-field work whether or not he plays in the NFL again.

“With our without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people,” Kaepernick said.

Get into some of his speech below.

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