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.
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.
The Steelers stood behind Villanueva further into the tunnel, not in the locker room as was previously reported.
Several players around the league kneeled during the Anthem after President Trump called for a NFL boycott earlier in the week.