(KVOA) -- Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ magazine's "Citizen of the Year" for it's December issue.
GQ referred to Kaepernick as "the man who became the movement."
Kaepernick sparked a protest revolution around the NFL when he began kneeling during the national anthem.
He said his silent protest was to raise awareness to inequality, injustice and the oppression of people of color and ongoing issues with police brutality.
The former 49ers quarterback has been out of a job since March and has since filed a collusion claim against the NFL owners after no team has signed him to play in 2017.
Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem has also sparked sharp criticism from fans who accuse the quarterback of disrespecting the American flag.
In September, Kaepernick's protest gained renewed traction after President Donald Trump brought up the issue at a campaign-style rally in Huntsville, Alabama.
President Trump stated, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired!' You know, some owner is going to do that."
The President then doubled down on his statement with a series of tweets that sparked more discussion and protests around the NFL including players and owners.