Activist Colin Kaepernick, who has become a quarterback, will work with Audible on the audiobook of his upcoming memoirs and other projects, the company said on Thursday.
Through the deal, Audible will exclusively publish the audio version of the book – described as "partly political awakening and partly memoirs" – which Kaepernick will publish this year through its own company, Kaepernick Publishing.
The as yet untitled book will record the experiences that made Kaepernick kneel while the national anthem played against racism at NFL games, a polarizing protest that, according to a press release, changed the course of his career.
"I want to tell the story of my development and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression in the hope that it will inspire others to take action," said Kaepernick in a statement.
Kaepernick Publishing and Audible have also signed a contract to create other audio projects to highlight notable creators, authors, and other personalities, according to the audio book company from Amazon.
The partnership aims to "improve stories and perspectives that need to be heard," said Rachel Ghiazza, senior vice president of content acquisition and development at Audible.
Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since he left the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 after his anthem protests were praised by activists, but angered conservatives like President Trump. Nevertheless, he published a commercial on Nike in 2018. According to Reuters, the shoe giant sold 61 percent more goods after being broadcast despite the impending boycott.