One member of the Pittsburgh Steelers was on the field for the national anthem.
The Pittsburgh Steelers decided as a team to stay in the locker room for the national anthem before today’s game against the Chicago Bears.
“If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re going to be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game,” Mike Tomlin told CBS.
One player, though, ended up being on the field while The Star-Spangled Banner played.
Alejandro Villanueva, a left tackle who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, stood on the field just outside the tunnel, while the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room.
The Steelers were not on the sidelines during the national anthem. LT Alejandro Villanueva, who served in the Army, stood by the tunnel pic.twitter.com/teTCoJ3vFx
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) September 24, 2017
Im immensely proud of my fellow veteran Alejandro Villanueva
He stood in the tunnel during the National Anthem showing both respect & unity pic.twitter.com/rLg2eqcfqT
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) September 24, 2017
Villanueva, 29, is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He spent nearly two years serving in Afghanistan. The offensive lineman was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 before getting picked up by the Steelers. He’s made 26 career starts.
The Bears-Steelers game is being televised on CBS.