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Colin Kaepernick to receive Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick, an unsigned NFL quarterback known for his stand on social issues, will receive an award from Sports Illustrated on Tuesday. 

He has been selected for the magazine's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. 

Kaepernick will be presented the award at the Sportsperson of the Year awards show.

The award goes to an athlete who uses sports as a platform to change the world, just as Muhammad Ali did when he protested against the Vietnam War by refusing to be drafted. 

Last year, Kaepernick decided not to stand for the playing of the national anthem at NFL games as a protest against social injustice.