The magazine awards the title annually to the biggest newsmaker of the year-not necessarily who they believe is the "best" person of the year. The nominees include people who've spent the year fighting for progressive change, and others who've been doing all they can to stop that progress in its tracks.
That is a distinct possibilty, as the magazine announced Monday on NBC's "Today" show that Kaepernick is one of 10 finalists for its prestigious annual honor.
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Colin Kaepernick started a national protest against racism and police brutality after he began kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games toward the end of a year ago, enraging both the president and vice president. The protests have swept the National Football League this year and have even drawn attention from the President of the United States.
The #MeToo movement, which was started in 2006 by social activist Tarana Burke to allow victims of sexual misconduct to share their stories and took off this past October in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, was next up on the list.
Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, joins President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller and the #MeToo movement, among others, on the short list for recognition. He has since brought charges against four people in his on-going investigation of potential involvement of the Trump campaign in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He's the son of Saudi Arabia's King Salman.