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Longtime NFL free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is back in the headlines as he’s earned the latest cover of Men’s Health Magazine.

TMZ noted the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is “looking ripped” in the photographs.

In the issue, Mitchell Jackson thanks Kaepernick for his civil rights activism that may have cost him his NFL career.

“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Needed you aware of my immense gratitude for your sacrifices, for what you’ve done for our collective consciousness, for how you’ve transformed my thinking and seeing,” the letter said.

Kaepernick created headlines late last month when he wrote a plea, made public by rapper J. Cole, to the New York Jets in attempt to earn a spot on their practice squad.

“I know that there are currently depth issues at the position, and I’ve heard that the back-up spot is likely to be filled by a veteran Quarterback,” he wrote. “As much as I would love the opportunity to fill that spot, I’m writing you in hopes that you can imagine a much different approach involving me; I would be honored and extremely grateful for the opportunity to come in and lead the practice squad.”

“I would do this with the sole mission of getting your defense ready each week. If I were able to fill this role for the team, I believe this allows for multiple things,” he added.

The NFL world was quick to react to the news: