Colin Kaepernick named GQ's Citizen of the Year

Colin Kaepernick. (Ed Clemente/MGN)

RENO, Nev. (KRNV/KRXI) - Former University of Nevada, Reno, football standout and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been named Gentlemen's Quarterly's 2017 Citizen of the Year.

GQ is an international monthly men's magazine based in New York City. The publication focuses on fashion, style and culture for men.

The magazine article says, "Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance."