Why Famous: Colin Kaepernick began his NFL career for the San Francisco 49ers and was their leading quarterback by 2012.
Kaepernick became a national figure in 2016 when he began kneeling on one knee during the US national anthem as a protest again racial injustice in America. His stand was hugely controversial and ignited a national debate.
- 2016-08-26 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick kneels in protest during the US national anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium while playing against the San Diego Chargers, objecting to racial injustice and police brutality in the US
- 2018-09-04 NFL player Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the US national anthem is the new face of Nike's 30th anniversary advertising campaign