Former Fort Drum Soldier Lone Steelers Standing During National Anthem
A former Fort Drum soldier is the lone Pittsburgh Steelers player seen standing during the National Anthem Sunday. Offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, once an Army Ranger, stood outside the tunnel as his teammates stayed behind when the Star Spangled Banner played.
Former Army Ranger Captain Alejandro Villanueva was the only Steeler to stand for the National Anthem. He served his country, thank you. pic.twitter.com/2zHUS78NYg
— Derek Utley (@DerekUtleyCEO) September 24, 2017
Villanueva served at Fort Drum from 2010 to 2012 with the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, according to the Watertown Daily Times. He received a Bronze star of Valor during the Afghanistan war for helping his fellow soldiers under fire.
Former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva refuses to stay In the locker room with the rest of the Steelers for the National Anthem. RESPECT pic.twitter.com/m00EXfKZGC
— Military Support (@MilitaryEarth) September 24, 2017
The Steelers stood behind Villanueva further into the tunnel, not in the locker room as was previously reported.
The steelers players were in the tunnel backing their teammate back not in the locker room. Get yall shit straight. pic.twitter.com/DNOBMgbcOk
— Sergiojulian (@BigSerg55) September 25, 2017
Several players around the league kneeled during the Anthem after President Trump called for a NFL boycott earlier in the week.
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