Human rights organization Amnesty International honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with his "Conscience Commander" award for 2018 and praised his peaceful protests against racial inequality.
The former San Francisco 49ers star was presented in a ceremony on Saturday in the Dutch capital of his former teammate Eric Reid.
Kaepernick first broke his knee during the prelude of the American national anthem at the 49ers in 2016 in protest against the police brutality.
Other players joined him and drew the wrath of President Donald Trump, who called on team owners to fire such players.
In response to the players' demonstrations, the NFL agreed to provide $ 90 million for social justice in a plan over the next seven years.
Secretary General of Amnesty International, Salil Shetty, called Kaepernick "an athlete who is widely recognized today for his activism for his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination."
Kaepernick did not become one after his release in San Francisco committed to the 201
Amnesty annually awards an award to a person or organization "dedicated to combating injustice and using their talents to inspire others."
Former winners include anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela and Malala? Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who campaigned for girls' right to education after being shot dead by Taliban fighters.
"In truth, this is an award that I share with all the countless people around the world who are working against police human rights violations and their use of oppressive and excessive force," said Kaepernick.