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Villanueva's anthem stand surprised some Pittsburgh Steelers teammates

Villanueva's anthem stand surprised some Pittsburgh Steelers teammates

A day after standing alone at the end of the tunnel, with his hand over his heart for the national anthem, the jersey of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman and veteran Alejandro Villanueva is now listed as one of the best-selling.

He is a former Army Ranger who served terms in Afghanistan. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor.

And on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Steelers were conspicuously absent as tens of thousands of football fans rose to their feet to honor America and our courageous fighting men and women.

What had been an occasional protest by a handful of players leaguewide during national anthems (tracing its roots back to former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick) multiplied Sunday after tweets and other remarks from President Trump suggesting that any player who made such a statement should be suspended or fired.

Villanueva saw his jersey reach the top six in sales in the National Football League in the last 24 hours, behind Marshawn Lynch, a custom Patriots jersey, Carson Wentz, Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers.




"I don't want to go into that, but we support our guy Al".

Since they couldn't come to a consensus, Pittsburgh players and coaches were supposed to stay in the locker room, though it was later amended to the team's tunnel near the Soldier Field turf because of timing.

He did what any patriot would've done.

"Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation", Tomlin told reporters at a post-game press conference.

Villanueva played college football at West Point. "And in this particular case, if I had been one of the Steelers sitting in the locker room and knew that my colleague, probably my friend was sitting on that tunnel by himself saluting the flag, and knew that he served his country in combat, I think that I'd feel like quite a coward sitting in that locker room by myself hiding away", Nicholson asserted.


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