NFLPA Honors Colin Kaepernick With Community MVP Award

Kaepernick is now eligible for the Byron Whizzer White Award

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The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) awarded Colin Kaepernick with its community MVP award for Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season thanks to his efforts off the field, which consisted of him raising money for various charities.

According to ESPN, “Kaepernick has donated $100,000 per month to various charities as part of a $1 million pledge he made in 2016. In September, he gave $25,000 each to after-school program DREAM, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Gathering for Justice’s War on Children and United We Dream. He also organized a backpack giveaway for a Girls Club in New York.”

As a result of being the Week 1 community MVP, “the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to Kaepernick’s foundation or charity of choice along with an in-kind donation to him on behalf of our supporting partner Delta Private Jets,” (via nflpa.com).

While the quarterback remains a free agent at the start of the 2017 season, he’s coming off of a year in which he threw for 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also ran for 468 more yards on the ground and two scores. Kaepernick played a total of 12 games in the 2016 NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick’s Week 1 MVP award makes him eligible for the Byron Whizzer White Award, which is described as the highest honor the NFLPA can award a player.

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