(ESPN) — Colin Kaepernick has been named “Citizen of the Year” by GQ magazine, which published a feature story Monday about the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and his emergence as a polarizing figure since his decision to protest during the national anthem.

Kaepernick is not quoted in the story, titled “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced.” GQ states in the story that Kaepernick, who has rarely spoken publicly since becoming a free agent earlier this year, has “grown wise to the power of his silence.”

GQ also writes that Kaepernick agreed to participate in its project because “he wants to reclaim the narrative of his protest.” The majority of the story consists of perspectives from people that GQ describes as Kaepernick’s “closest confidants.”

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