Black History Month has been good to Colin Kaepernick so far, and his winning streak continues this week as Nike releases its new Icon jersey in his honor.
Just days after he and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a settlement with the NFL in their collusion grievances, Kaepernick took to his Twitter page not only unveil his new offering but also to dedicate the shirt to “those true to themselves on and off the field. Proudly, unapologetically and against all odds.”
He also teased fans about what’s to come by writing, “This is only the beginning.”
A Nike spokesperson explained that the jersey is meant to not just celebrate Kaepernick the athlete, but also acknowledge his social justice achievements and the impact he’s had across the nation, and even the globe.
For those true to themselves on and off the field. Proudly, unapologetically and against all odds. This is only the beginning. #TrueTo7 https://t.co/lIzn4MNB77@girlsclubny @JRFoundation @peaceplayers @PowerPlayNYC pic.twitter.com/1sf4Nogs4g
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) February 20, 2019
“We believe Colin Kaepernick is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” said Nike’s Sandra Carreon-John. The jersey marks Nike’s continued product collaboration with Colin, and will be available for a limited time on Nike.com and the Nike App.”
According to The Hill, much like Nike’s first post-NFL Kaepernick jersey, this one is black with the number 7 and his last name in white on the back. But there is no team logo or affiliation anywhere on the piece. Instead there is simply a “K” along with the silhouette of Kaepernick’s head. The bottom of the V neck, which in other standard issue NFL jerseys would feature the league’s logo, is empty.
Nike’s website describes the Kaepernick Icon jersey as “a celebration of those who seek truth in their communities, and those who remain true to themselves.” The jerseys had been available for purchase for $150 but have already sold out.