Colin Kaepernick finished what he started when he wore an NFL uniform, but there's more to come.
The teamless quarterback completed his promise to donate $1 million and his actions have spurred even more activism.
In September 2016, about a month after Kaepernick became the lightning rod of controversy because he knelt in protest during the national anthem, he promised to donated $1 million of his salary to community organizations.
Since then former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been criticized by President Donald Trump. Other players took up the same protest. The demonstrations drew support and ire. The players wanted the message to be about helping minority communities gain equal rights and improving the relationship between minorities and law enforcement. Instead, the anthem protesters were called unpatriotic, disrespectful to the military and ungrateful for their jobs in America's premier sport.
Kaepernick became ground zero for all of it. Depending on one's view he was the symbol of everything wrong or the statue of what was right and needed to be done. After parting ways with the 49ers, he couldn't find a spot on an NFL roster. Spike Lee and others spearheaded a rally for Kaepernick. The thoughts on why he wasn't signed were all over the place. He needed to cut his hair (which was later apologized for). He had been blackballed. His skills set no longer fit in the NFL or he needed to talk if he wanted to play.
He remains a free agent today. Through all of this, though, Kaepernick kept doing what he said he'd do. He sent food to Somalia. He hosted a "Know Your Rights" camp in Chicago. With $100,000 left to donate he gave $10,000 away for 10 days, getting matching donations from some sports stars and celebrities. In total, Kaepernick's donations reached 41 different charities.
" It was never for or about me - it has & always will be for the people . We have work to do & the only way to get it done is if we all work together," Kaepernick tweeted after completing the $1 million goal.
After that others have decided to step up with more donations. Kaepernick and DJ Khaled announced that the music star would be throwing in $10,000. Kaepernick is calling this next series of donations an encore and it's a good thing that this charity doesn't look to be ending anytime soon.