Huckabee Slams SI for Kaep’s Muhammad Ali Award: ‘I’ve Played as Many NFL Games This Year as He Has’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | December 4, 2017 | 10:19 AM EST

Former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers kneeling with a teammate during the U.S. National Anthem (left) and former governor of Arkansas and GOP presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee (right)

Former GOP presidential primary candidate and govern of Arkansas Mike Huckabee took to Twitter to slam Sports Illustrated for awarding former NFL player Colin Kaepernick the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, saying, “I’ve played as many NFL games this year as he has.”

“New name for old magazine- @SInow will become “Sports ELIMINATED,” tweeted Gov. Mike Huckabee. “Kaepernick gets Ali award. Heck, I've played in as many NFL games this year as he has, but then he's done a lot to destroy @NFL so makes sense.”

Huckabee’s tweet came after Sports Illustrated named former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick its 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award recipient.

Sports Illustrated said it “is proud to announce that Colin Kaepernick will receive the 2017 Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.”

The Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award is said to “honor Muhammad Ali, whose lifetime of achievement forever changed the world” and “will celebrate individuals whose dedication to the ideals of sportsmanship has spanned decades and whose career in athletics has directly or indirectly impacted the world.”

Previous winners of the award include: NBA Hall of Fame member and five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson in 2014, 18 major title and 73 PGA Tour winner Jack Nicklaus in 2015, and Hall of Fame members Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell in 2016.

According to, Colin Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons between 2011 and 2016. As a starter, Kaepernick managed to reach the post season with the 49ers only twice in his career (2012 and 2013), reaching the Super Bowl once in 2012 (a 34-31 loss to the Blatimore Ravens), as noted on

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