Free-agent Colin Kaepernick named NFL Players Association Week 1 MVP

Posted at 5:59 PM, Sep 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-16 21:05:17-04

(KGTV) - Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not be making plays on the field so far this season, but he's still winning off the field.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) named free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick its week 1 NFLPA Community MVP, citing his donations and outreach to underserved communities.

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The NFLPA said it will make a $10,000 contribution to Kaepernick's foundation or a charity of his choice along with an in-kind donation to him.

On Sept. 7, Kaepernick announced $100,000 in donations to DREAM, Coalition for the Homeless, The Gathering for Justice's War on Children, and United We Dream charities. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback followed those donations with backpack giveaways as well.

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In 2016, Kaepernick vowed to donate $1 million to organizations in oppressed communities. To date, the NFLPA said he's contributed $900,000 toward his goal.

"I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people," Kaepernick said in September 2016. "I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed, or given the opportunities to succeed."

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Thousands have threatened to boycott the NFL this season, petitioners citing that Kaepernick's stance on social issues - not his performance - have caused him not to be signed to a team.

In 2016, Kaepernick said he would not stand during the National Anthem due to social inequality. Dozens of other athletes have since joined him in similar on-field protests.