Alejandro Villanueva, a Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger, made headlines when he emerged from the team tunnel by himself for the national anthem.
Villanueva's jersey sales have soared to the top of the NFL, and he is being held up as a symbol for those who disagree with the widespread anthem protests on Sunday.
However, it appears that Villanueva's stand did not go as intended, and he is not a fan of the resulting visual. Due to what he called "chaos" in the area in front of the tunnel, he ended up much farther away from the rest of the team, which remained inside the tunnel, than he intended.
He apologized to the rest of the team and coaching staff for how things looked today, and admits that he is "embarrassed" by the photos.
Tribune-Review writer Chris Adamski has a full accounting of Villanueva's statement about what happened on Sunday.
Villanueva, who had previously been critical of Colin Kaepernick's protest last season, also addressed how he feels about the evolution of the movement within the league.
It will be interesting to see how Villanueva and the rest of his teammates handle the national anthem going forward this season.