Jim Harbaugh praises Colin Kaepernick as one of Time's most influential people

20 Avril, 2017, 20:50 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
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The coach was the main reason the 49ers drafted the former Nevada star, and he helped craft Kaepernick into one of the NFL's most risky offensive weapons before the wheels came off in San Francisco and Harbaugh was jettisoned from the organization.

TIME magazine on Thursday revealed its annual list of "100 Most Influential People", one of which is National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, is now a free agent after opting out of his contract with San Francisco.

In the piece, Harbaugh says of those who push against the norm: "We must celebrate their act".

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act.

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Harbaugh, now the head football coach for the University of MI, wrote: "I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate". His stance drew praise and criticism in varying measures, some agreeing with him, others applauding his right to free speech, still others disgusted with his decision.

Kaepernick is listed among the "Icons" group in Time's top-100 list, along with two other athletes: gymnast Simone Biles and soccer player Neymar. "His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story".

"How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick".

After initial reticence, Harbaugh has become one of Kaepernick's strongest defenders following last fall's pregame protests of the national anthem.

In addition to his protest, He has contributed $600,000 as part of his Million Dollar Pledge to help a number of diverse community programs.

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