While many might have felt that Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem caused division in the locker room, that certainly proved to not be the case.
The San Francisco 49ers announced on Friday that Kaepernick received the Len Eshmont Award, given to the most courageous and inspirational player on the team. It’s considered the most prestigious honor in the organization and has been given out since 1957.
Kaepernick made news that extended beyond the sports world when he sat during the national anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 26. Kaepernick noted that he had done so in the previous two preseason games, as well.
He explained that his action was the result of him protesting racial injustices in America, specifically the oppression of African-Americans. The next game and in future games, Kaepernick decided to take a knee as opposed to sitting, so the focus wouldn’t come off as disrespectful to the military.
That caused a wave of other athletes who decided to protest. Some in the NFL, some in soccer, some even at the high school level.
If there was any question what his teammates thought of him, they’ve been answered with his winning of the award.