Alejandro Villanueva stood alone outside the tunnel at Soldier Field with his hand over his heart Sunday afternoon while the rest of the
One day later, the offensive tackle who has served three tours in Afghanistan had the bestselling jersey in the
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’
The same goes for Villanueva name and number T-shirts.
A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL's online store, confirmed to ESPN that Villanueva has been outselling that of any other player during the last 24 hours.
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."
The Steelers made a team decision Saturday night to remain in the tunnel as the song played in an attempt to stay out of the political discussion.
“We are not politicians, we're coaches and professional athletes,” coach
Villanueva made his own decision to act otherwise. Asked after the game what he thought about Villanueva's action during the anthem, Tomlin said: "I was looking for 100% participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team."
But Steelers cornerback