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Posted: December 06, 2017

WATCH: Beyoncé presents Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali award

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Colin Kaepernick receives the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award with Beyonce and Trevor Noah during SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Show on December 5, 2017 at Barclays Center in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated)

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK —

Surprise!

Former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, who sparked NFL players' recent protests during the national anthem against racial injustice, received Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from a special surprise presenter – Beyoncé.

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"Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion, only hope to change the world for the better, to change perception, to change the way we treat each other – especially people of color," she said Tuesday night at SI's Sportsperson of the Year ceremony.

>> Watch the moment here

Colin Kaepernick receives SI's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

'With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.'

Posted by Sports Illustrated on Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested," Kaepernick said after an introduction by "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah. "And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With our without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people." 

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The ceremony airs at 8 p.m. Friday on NBC Sports Network.


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