The Most Prominent Athletes Who Have Taken a Knee

Many athletes have taken a knee since Colin Kaepernick helped start the movement in 2016 — will it continue at Super Bowl LIII?

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COLIN KAEPERNICK

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Colin Kaepernick. Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers was three years out from an appearance in the Super Bowl when he took a knee during the national anthem at a 2016 game to protest against racial injustice and systematic oppression. He opted out of his contract with the team in March 2017 and has remained unsigned since then.

Kaepernick was announced as the face of Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign last year, resulting in backlash from sone.

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MEGAN RAPINOE

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Megan Rapinoe (right). Kevin C. Cox/Getty

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe, 33, of the United States knelt during the national anthem before a game against the Netherlands in September 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

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TRAVIS KELCE

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce took a knee on the sidelines during a training camp session on August 5, 2018, at Missouri Western State University. Kelce and the Chiefs were defeated by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship on January 20, 2019.

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VON MILLER AND BRANDON MARSHALL

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Von Miller and Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos took a knee before their game against the Buffalo Bills on September 24, 2017 in New York.

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THE 2017 DALLAS COWBOYS

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The Dallas Cowboys, along with owner Jerry Jones, took a knee prior to the national anthem during a game on September 25, 2017.

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ERIC REID

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Eric Reid (left) and Colin Kaepernick. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty

Eric Reid, 27 — then of the San Francisco 49ers — joined Colin Kaepernick in protest before their game against the Los Angeles Rams on September 12, 2016. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers.

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BRUCE MAXWELL

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Bruce Maxwell, formerly of the Oakland Athletics, knelt next to teammate Mark Canha during the national anthem prior to a game against the Seattle Mariners on September 26, 2017.

Maxwell was the first and only major league baseball player to participate in the protest. Today, Maxwell is no longer in the MLB.

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KENNY STILLS AND ALBERT WILSON

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Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson of the Miami Dolphins took a knee before a game against the New England Patriots on September 30, 2018.

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