Former Army Ranger Is Only Steelers Player To Stand For National Anthem [VIDEO]
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Former Army Ranger Is Only Steelers Player To Stand For National Anthem [VIDEO]

The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained in the locker room during the National Anthem, with the exception of one player: Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, who plays offensive tackle for the Steelers.

While the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room, Villanueva stood in the tunnel holding his helmet in his left hand, and holding his right hand over his heart as the anthem played.

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Villaneuva played in college at West Point Military Academy before going on to become an Army Ranger. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 before eventually joining the Steelers.

An NFL.com article earlier this year said that Villanueva first caught Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s eye “because of the way he stood during the national anthem.”

NFL players around the league are kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, following President Trump’s statement that players who do so should be fired.

A large number of Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens players knelt during the National Anthem during their game in London on Sunday, but remained standing during God Save The Queen.

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  2. Belinda

    September 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The lone wolf. This man knows where his priorities lie. Wish i could shake his hand. He has much respect from me. God bless.

  3. Betty L Brooks

    September 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you Villanueva for respect to the flag and what it stands for…Not a political statement..but to honor our Country and people that have served and made the ultimate sacrifice. It takes more courage to stand than to kneel…

  4. GEORGE ALLENBY

    September 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Fire their asses now

    • Angie

      September 24, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      These protests and protesters makes me angry. I refuse to watch NFL games. It is disgusting that they have this level of hatred for the greatest country on earth. God Bless President Trump for standing up for America. The players either stand or don’t play ball. They should be FIRED.

  5. paulette

    September 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    WOW THEY DIDNT EVEN HAVE THE RESPECT FOR ONE OF THEY’RE TEAMMATES WHO FOUGHT FOR THEWY’RE FREEDOM,MONEY MUST BE REAL GOOD BECAUSE I SURE WOULDNT WANT TO PLAY WITH A BUNCH OF POS’S LIKE THAT

    • Rita

      September 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      I totally agree and Thank him for his service…

  6. edith

    September 24, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    will not watch out of respect for our country. what a bunch of spoiled
    dummys

  7. flukeZ

    September 24, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Their GREED overshadows their common sense and Patriotism. Most of these players are black anyway! They are making this thing a racist protest now!!!

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