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Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva merchandise is in high demand after he stood alone outside a tunnel at Soldier Field during the national anthem on Sunday. 78 jersey was also the top seller of any NFL player during the same span.
Villanueva beat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who were Nos. 2 and 3 for jerseys and overall merchandise in that span.
The Steelers announced Sunday morning that the team would not be on the sideline during the national anthem as mandated since 2009 by the NFL a response to potential protests over President Donald Trump remarks at a rally on Friday and in subsequent Twitter messages. NFL spokesperson Joe Lockhart told reporters Monday that the Steelers, along with two other teams that did not take the field for the anthem the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks would not face league punishment.
“We not participating in the anthem today not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from the circumstance,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS.
Villanueva, with his hand over his heart, could be seen outside the tunnel while the anthem played.
ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA BIO
Age: 29College: Graduated United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2010
Military service: Three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger
Military honors: Earned two Bronze Star Medals, including the (Valor) for rescuing wounded soldiers while under fire in Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Infantryman Badge
NFL career: Signed as a rookie free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in May 2014. After he was cut during training camp, the Steelers signed him to the practice squad, and he worked his way up to the 53 man roster for the 2015 season. Villanueva was inked to a four year contract by the Steelers in July. He appeared in 35 games, starting 29 times.
Crossover appeal: Villanueva likeness can be seen not only in Madden NFL, but also in the upcoming release of Call of Duty: WWII
Sources: USA TODAY Sports research, Army Times
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