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There are a lot of outspoken professional athletes that refuse to sit idly by while things they believe are an injustice are occurring.

Most notably, Colin Kaepernick.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback famously took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem during last season’s pre-season to protest the inequalities that minorities face in this country.

But Kaepernick wasn’t the first to do this, nor will he be the last.

In 1967, as the U.S. was fighting the North Vietnamese, Muhammad Ali’s name was drawn for the draft.

Ali was vehemently opposed to the Viet Nam War but appeared in Houston for his scheduled induction into the U.S. Armed Forces regardless. When his name was called, he refused three times to step forward.

Ali was warned by an officer that he was committing a felony punishable by five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Once again, Ali refused to move when his name was called, and he was arrested.

Later that day, the New York State Athletic Commission suspended Ali’s boxing license and stripped him of his heavyweight title.

There have been many, many more athletes who have championed many, many causes.

New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall, for instance, has been outspoken about mental health issues and the stigma that comes with mental health since being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2011.

Marshall is not afraid to back down when it comes to mental health but it isn’t the only cause Marshall believes in.

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