Over the last few weeks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has become the most-talked about figure in the NFL after he decided to protest by not standing during the national anthem.
Because of this, it seems he has also helped the NFL boost jersey sales.
On Tuesday, Kaepernick’s No. 7 jersey bypassed Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham for the top-selling jersey in the league.
After learning of the news, Kaepernick made a post on Instagram thanking all of his fans for their support, before announcing he will donate the proceeds from his jersey sales to help communities in need.
I want to thank everyone who has shown me love and support, it truly means a lot! I wasn’t expecting my jersey sales to jump to number one because of this, but it shows the people’s belief that we can achieve justice and equality for ALL! The only way I can repay you for the support is to return the favor by donating all the proceeds I receive from my jersey sales back into the communities! I believe in the people, and WE can be the change!
Kaepernick previously announced he will also be donating his first $1 million made this season, so it is great to see him putting his money where his mouth is.
The 49ers open the season on Monday, Sept. 12 when they face off against the Los Angeles Rams.