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Former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva Was The Only Steeler To Honor The National Anthem Today

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September 24, 2017 at 5:20pm
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First off, thank Alejandro Villanueva for showing the rest of the league how to honor and respect the Americans who died for the freedoms we enjoy in this country.  For those of you who do not know about Villanueva he is a West Point graduate, a former Army Officer, a former Army Ranger, and  recipient of the Bronze Star for bravery in combat.  He severed three tours of duty in Afghanistan.  

While the entire Steelers staff and team were in the locker room, Alejandro Villanueva stood at attention at the entrance of the tunnel on the field with his hand over his heart during the national anthem.  For those of you who are not aware, that is what you are taught to do in the military if you are not in uniform during the national anthem.

This is terrible look for the NFL.  When a decorated combat veteran honors the national anthem it's pretty hard to justify why the rest of the league can't do it as well.  It's time to put the identity politics away and play some football before the NFL loses half its audience.  

https://www.sbnation.com/lookit/2017/9/24/16357738/alejandro-villanueva-u-s-army-veteran-lone-steeler-on-field-national-anthem

 

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