Protests swept the NFL on Sunday, after heated comments from President Trump about Colin Kaepernick and other professional football players taking a knee during the National Anthem sparked some serious anger across the league.
Many players opted to sit or kneel in protest of the president’s comments, with whole teams attempting to get in on the action, including the Pittsburg Steelers, who opted to stay back in the locker room during the song.
All except for Alejandro Villanueva, a man of true class and integrity, who came out onto Soldier Field, stood for the anthem, and put his hand over his heart — regardless of the choice made by his teammates. Villanueva is a veteran Army Ranger who served several tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning the Bronze Star for Valor.
His decision to not join his teammates didn’t sit to well with Coach Mike Tomlin and left many of his teammates confused.
The NY Post reports,
Head coach Mike Tomlin said the team held a players-only meeting Saturday to discuss their options. Whatever they did, Tomlin said, they would do 100 percent. They could not come to an agreement whether to stand, sit or kneel as a team, and so they decided to abstain from the anthem entirely (which was then construed as its own protest, such is the pick-a-side nature of the situation).
“I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin told reporters when asked about Villanueva after the Steelers’ 23-17 overtime loss.
“Some guys wanted to take a knee, guys wanted to stand,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “We said whatever we do we need to make sure we’re unified as one group because that’s what we’re about, and that’s what this should be about is staying together as one unit and one group and one brotherhood, things like that.
“We thought we were all in attention with the same agreement, obviously, ” longtime Steelers star linebacker James Harrison told Penn Live. “But, I guess we weren’t.”
“I don’t want to go into that, but we support our guy Al,” defensive end Cam Heyward said about Villanueva, who did not talk to media after the game. “He feels he had to do it. This guy served our country, and we thank him for it.”
This is precisely how collectivist liberals think. Everyone has to believe the same thing, be on the same page, make the same choice, together, collectively, for the so-called “greater good.”
No matter. Today, the offensive tackle had the bestselling jersey in the NFL. The Los Angeles Times reports:
Browsing for jerseys on the online NFL Shop under the listing of top sellers on Monday morning, one would find Villanueva’s No. 78 at the head of the page, before the jerseys of such stars as the Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch and Derek Carr, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz and the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers.
Villanueva is hardly a household name, or at least he wasn’t before Sunday. But he garnered a lot of attention on a day that numerous players around the NFL demonstrated — by kneeling, sitting, locking arms or other means — during the national anthem. Earlier in the weekend, President Trump commented at a rally that team owners should fire players who do not stand during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Unfortunately for leftists, the majority of human beings are individuals who have the capacity to think for themselves, which is what Villaneuva did, opting to follow his beliefs and remain true to himself instead of selling out what he believes for the sake of “team unity.”
For doing that, he has earned America’s admiration — and perhaps that of many on his team, according to the Times:
Steelers cornerback Joe Haden said the players support Villanueva.
“As a team we’re behind him 100%,” he said.