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Colin Kaepernick will receive Harvard University’s highest honor in African and African-American studies next month.

The former NFL quarterback, along with comedian Dave Chappelle and six others, will be presented with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal at the sixth annual Hutchins Center Honors on Oct. 11, the university announced Thursday.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is awarded to those who “have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, are individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world.” Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey.

In its press release, Harvard highlighted Kaepernick’s pledge to donate $1 million to community organizations, which he completed in January. He was recently made the face of Nike’s “Just Do It” 30th-anniversary campaign.

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In just his first regular-season NFL appearance, Baker Mayfield accomplished what was beginning to seem impossible.

The No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft entered Thursday night’s game against the New York Jets late in the second quarter as an injury replacement for starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor and led the Cleveland Browns to a 21-17 win for their first victory in 635 days.

Mayfield’s presence in the game seemed to make an immediate impact by rejuvenating his teammates, and fans. The 23-year-old completed his first three pass attempts on a drive that concluded with a 45-yard field goal from Greg Joseph to narrow the Jets’ lead to 14-3 at the half.

Mayfield finished 17-for-23 through the air for 201 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

Running back Carlos Hyde scored two second-half touchdowns, including the clincher with 2:04 remaining in the fourth quarter. Linebacker Joe Schobert and cornerback Terrance Mitchell intercepted Jets rookie starter Sam Darnold on consecutive drives to end the game.

Hyde, who turned 28 Thursday, left the stadium immediately after the game for the birth of his child at a Cleveland hospital.

Taylor led the Browns to a 0-1-1 record through the first two weeks, but was ruled out due to a concussion early in the second half.

Head coach Hue Jackson said after the game he’ll have to “watch the tape” before making a decision on Week 4’s starting quarterback, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

That matchup will see the Browns travel west for a showdown against the Oakland Raiders.

The victory saw the chains come off the variety of Bud Light fridges that promised free beer to Browns fans if the team were to win a game this season after going 0-16 in 2017.

Even though Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers doesn’t need to be at his best to give opposing defenses headaches, it’s possible that he won’t be in top form at any point this season.

Rodgers suffered a knee injury during Week 1’s victory over the Chicago Bears and played Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings with a brace.

Asked whether the injury would get worse if he continues to play on it, Rodgers sounded mildly worried.

“Yeah, obviously that’s a concern,” Rodgers said Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. “Hopefully it goes the other way though.”

Rodgers will rehab his left knee leading up to Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

“Obviously it won’t be 100 percent, so I’ll just adjust accordingly to how I’m feeling and try to get through,” he said.

“It just depends on how the week goes with the rehab and the recovery. Obviously, I’d love to be better than I was last week as far as health-wise but there’s some factors that are out of my control.”

Rodgers hasn’t seemed that much worse for wear since suffering the injury, engineering a dramatic comeback win over the Bears in Week 1 and completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 281 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s tie against the Vikings. That may not be enough to help Packers fans rest easy.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson responded to a racist comment directed toward him by a Texas school superintendent on Tuesday.

Onalaska (TX) superintendent Lynn Redden was incensed by Watson’s decision to hold onto the ball during the final play of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans as the clock expired. Redden then took to Facebook to disparage Watson.

“That may have been the most inept quarterback decision I’ve seen in the NFL,” Redden wrote. “When you need precision decision making you can’t count on a black quarterback.”

Watson responded Tuesday to reporters. When asked if he had experienced racist incidents in his career, Watson simply replied, “of course.”

“This is everyday life, I guess. I’m all about love so I don’t focus on none of that, I love all people,” Watson said via NFL Network’s James Palmer.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was infuriated by Redden’s remarks and came to his quarterback’s defense Tuesday.

“I don’t want to waste a lot of time responding to outdated, inaccurate, ignorant, idiotic statements. I’ll just let Deshaun’s proven success on the field, his character off the field speak for itself. He’s one of the greatest guys I’ve ever coached. He represents everything that’s right about football, about life. His teammates respect him, his coaching staff respect him. In this day and age, it’s just amazing that this B.S. exists,” O’Brien said via Mark Berman of FOX 26.

“Our fans love Deshaun and we’re really concentrating on the Giants. But I felt like I wasted a minute and a half responding to that B.S.”

Redden apologized for his comment but hasn’t been formally disciplined by the school district.

Maroon 5 will perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show Feb. 3 in Atlanta, two sources told Variety.

“The offer has been extended and they’ve pretty much accepted,” a source told Us Weekly.

The NFL has gravitated toward more pop-centric acts for recent Super Bowls, with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry performing.

Maroon 5 is currently on tour, with a break scheduled between a New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas and an Australian leg that begins Feb. 19.

Impact Wrestling superstar Rebel was recently interviewed by Andy Malnoske of Wrestling Inc. During the conversation, Rebel discussed her cheerleading background and how it has helped her in her wrestling career.

Rebel, born Tanea Brooks, became a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys at the age of 18. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable and popular cheerleading groups in the history of major American sports, so that is a huge accomplishment for her. Even though she knows it’s a major transition to go from cheerleader to professional wrestler, Rebel also sees her time as a cheerleader as advantageous to her in-ring performance.

“It is a big transformation but also my cheerleading background has helped me a lot with the flexibility and my cardio and my athleticism,” she said. “I feel like it’s actually helped me against my opponents when it comes to wrestling.”

Rebel is also known for her acrobatic ring entrance, in which she does a full split on the bottom rope. She said it all goes back to her cheerleading experience and her desire to “wow” audiences with everything she does.

“I think that goes back to my Dallas Cowboys cheerleader days. I am a performer and that is part of my background, an entrance is kind of to show your background and show you, so for me, I’m all about the entrance,” she said. “I’m here to make a statement. I’m here to perform, I’m here to entertain, and I’m here to fight as well and win! So for me that’s just part of my whole thing, the whole shebang.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lit up social media with his postgame attire Sunday – a look that had many comparing him to UFC star Conor McGregor.

As Fitzpatrick shared with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, he’s actually had people mistake him for McGregor.

“The first time I heard it was last year. We were playing Minnesota, so I was walking around the Mall of America with Garrison Sanborn, and Bryan Angerand Nick Folk, and somebody came up to me and started talking to me about my fight with (Floyd) Mayweather,” Fitzpatrick said. “And it took me a minute, I didn’t really know what they were talking to. Then when they walked away, I came to the realization that they thought I was Conor McGregor, which, I think I’m a little bit probably bigger and chubbier than he is, but I’m OK with it I guess.”

Fitzpatrick added that it wasn’t his intention to dress up like McGregor on Sunday.

“It wasn’t even my intent or thought going into that interview, but I get it with the side-by-sides now,” he said.