While San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick may not win an award based on performance on the field anytime soon, the back-up quarterback did win another kind of award this season.
As part of the 49ers’ annual team awards, Kaepernick won the “Len Eshmont Award“. It is awarded to the player that “best exemplifies the inspirational and courageous play of Len Eshmont, an original member of the 1946 49ers team.”
The #49ers have announced their 2016 team awards.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) December 30, 2016
The award is given to the player who receives the most votes from fellow teammates.
This means Kaepernick will not leave the season empty-handed.
After beginning the season by protesting the National Anthem, which resulted in a boycott that had saw NFL viewership sharply drop, Kaepernick was benched after a 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick only managed to complete one of five passes for 4 yards during the game.
Surprised by the team’s decision, Kaepernick said his feelings on it didn’t matter.
“That’s not my decision,” Kaepernick said. “My feelings on it really don’t matter at this point. I’m just going to do everything I can to make sure I’m prepared.”