With most of his players staying in the locker room as part of the protest sweeping the NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stood alone on the field as the national anthem played before the team's game Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
But he wasn't actually alone, offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan before getting his taste of the NFL, stood outside the tunnel for the anthem.
Villanueva, who played college football at Army, failed to crack the Eagles' regular-season roster in 2014, but eventually caught on with the Steelers in 2015, making 10 starts at left tackle and appearing in all 16 games.
There was a mix of locking arms and kneeling during the singing of the national anthem before Sunday's NFL games, in the wake of recent comments by President Trump that league owners should fire players who Trump feels aren't showing respect to "our Flag & Country."
The majority of the players, including stars such as the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt and the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, locked arms with their teammates. A handful of players around the league also took a knee during the anthem.
The Pittsburgh Steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room during the anthem. Coach Mike Tomlin attributed that decision to not wanting to play politics with the anthem.
Several Miami Dolphins players wore shirts with "#IMWITHKAP" onto the field before the start of their game against the New York Jets.
The shirts are a reference to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first to take a knee during the national anthem last season in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers during the offseason and has not been picked up, despite many pundits' belief that he is better than some starting quarterbacks and backup quarterbacks around the league.
NFL legend and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw took some time from discussing Sunday's games to address President Trump's comments about the league's players kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
In a minute-long commentary, Bradshaw said that although he doesn't agree with the players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, he does support their right to do it.
He also chided Trump for his understanding of the players' ability to express their beliefs.