The football star gained international attention after protesting the US national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick turns 29 today! The San Francisco 49ers quarterback made international headlines this year after his refusal to stand for the US National Anthem in protest of racism that communities of colour face across the country. But the American Footballer has been making political waves since long before his frankly awesome of show of defiance against racism.
An ally of the LGBT community, Kaepernick said that the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL, Attitude cover star Michael Sam – or any other gay player, for that matter – would be welcomed in the 49ers locker-room. And as the world of American football is still pretty hostile to LGBT people, it’s a voice that the sport sorely needs.
As well as Colin’s steadfast commitment to standing up for what’s right, we couldn’t notice that he’s also, well, really hot. So to help us all celebrate the Football star turned political icon’s 29th, we’re sharing some of our favourite snaps with you. Enjoy!