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One Steeler Is Man Enough Not To Disrespect His Country – Army Ranger Villanueva
Back before a slug with the San Francisco 49ers made disrespecting your country and those who fought for it “cool,” the man who defied his cowardly Pittsburgh Steeler teammates and stood on the field for the National Anthem, Alejandro Villanueva, was already getting national attention for the right reasons.
Villanueva was the subject of a feature on the CBS The Morning program in May of 2014. At the time he was working to gain a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles roster as a defensive end.
Now Villanueva plays left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The West Point graduate is also a veteran of three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger and paratrooper. He served his country for five years and is not about to allow himself to be bullied or intimidated into turning his back on it now.
Villanueva stood alone for the National Anthem, the one man of character and patriotism on the Steelers roster, on the field as the rest of the cowards hid in the tunnel, out of sight of the “fans,” to whatever degree they remain as such.
The officials were there and even their anti-American opponents stood like schoolboys with their arms locked, creating a spectacle of themselves for the liberal media and owners.
Keep it up boys. We’re learning who the real men are in the NFL. Surprisingly, as big and athletic as they are, there are very, very few. Alejandro Villanueva is one of those few.
His profile by CBS this morning is below as is the video of Villanueva’s solitary act of respect for his country in defiance of a locker room full of malcontents and ingrates. They’re his peers but they are nowhere close to being his equals.
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