Colin Kaepernick has won the San Francisco 49ers Len Eshmont Award.
Colin Kaepernick has won the Len Eshmont Award; this award is voted on by the team and is given to the player that “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team”. Kaepernick has drawn both criticism and support for kneeling during the national anthem as a protest to police brutality.
This year has not been a good year on the field for the 49ers who have endured a 13 game losing streak amassing one of the worst seasons in team history. Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the super bowl in 2012, has had a fairly decent season passing for over 2000 yards, but was benched against the Bears after completing only 1 pass in 5 attempts for 4 yards. The Eshmont award is not given to the player with the best stats. Kaepernick, who pledged to donate 1 million dollars of his own salary to endeavors he believes will help communities in need, has been a vocal leader on and off the field bringing attention to racial injustices all over the country.
Critics claim that Kaepernick’s protest was divisive in the locker room and showed disrespect to the flag and the military. Obviously with him winning the Eshmont award voted on by the players, the locker room argument has been debunked. Kaepernick has stated many times during the year that him kneeling for the anthem had nothing to do with the military but this criticism still persists
Kaepernick’s future with the team is uncertain as there will surely be wholesale changes in the front office and the roster. The team has struggled since the departure of Jim Harbaugh, who left the team to join Michigan as its head coach. Colin Kaepernick’s impact on sports will be remembered long after his playing days are over as America struggles to acknowledge its racial past and understand how this past is affecting both current and future events.