The Steelers’ offensive lineman has the league’s best-selling jersey over the last day.
Alejandro Villanueva was the lone Pittsburgh Steelers’ player on the field for the national anthem on Sunday.
Pittsburgh decided as a team to stay in the tunnel/locker room while The Star-Spangled Banner played before the game in Chicago, but Villanueva, who served three tours in Afghanistan, opted to go onto the field.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell is now reporting that Villanueva has the league’s best-selling jersey over the last 24 hours.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 25, 2017
A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL’s online store, confirmed to ESPN that, over the past 24 hours, more Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered than that of any other NFL player.
Villanueva beat out New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the top spot. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers rounded out the top five over the past day.
Villanueva, 29, is a Bronze Star recipient and a graduate of the United States Military Academy.
When asked about Villanueva’s decision to stand on the field for the anthem, Mike Tomlin said the following.
“I was looking for 100 percent participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team,” he said.