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Heroes of the 2010s: Colin Kaepernick

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The staff of Mother Jones is rounding up the decade’s heroes and monsters. Find them all here.

In November, I got a text from a friend that former 49ers quarterback and current languishing free agent Colin Kaepernick was nearby, quietly doing his thing handing out food and supplies to homeless people in West Oakland (on his birthday). A couple weeks later, people were momentarily consumed by the drama surrounding what was supposed to be his first workout for NFL scouts after two plus years of being iced out by the league. The session turned out to be a sham, and NFL supervillain Roger Goodell said in December that the NFL had “moved on.”

Whatever you think of Kaepernick as a football player, he has proven himself to be a good and righteous human being. As a Niners fan, I cursed his name too many times to count, and by the 2016 season, I was fully disenchanted with the quarterback. And then, before a........

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