September 25, 2017

For all those praising the NFL kneelers for their “courage” in going along with the pack and kneeling during the National Anthem, resisting the pressure and doing the right thing takes real courage, and one player stood tall above them all. But it isn’t surprising, because this Huck’s Hero has proven his courage many times before, on fields far more dangerous than a playing field. Alejandro Villanueva is a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger who won the Bronze Star for Valor during three tours in Afghanistan. He just could not bring himself to show disrespect for the flag and the National Anthem.

Pittsurgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was reportedly upset with Villanueva for not joining the team in staying in the locker room and boycotting the anthem. Tomlin said, “I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.” Mr. Tomlin should take a lesson from his #78 in what is most deserving of respect.


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  • Peggy Kost

    10/18/2017 05:16 PM

    We are blessed to be proud American citizens. Though the media reported that Mr. Villanueva intended to stand for our National Anthem 'with the team' and wasn't aware they didn't all come forward as far as he did, an apology for his patriotic action and not bending to political theater. I like to think Mr. Villanueva, you did it God's way.
    Angrily making a statement that 'this team stands together' is not the true way of communication in order to bring change, Coach Tomlin, this had you appear no better than a schoolyard bully.
    Mr. Villanueva, continue to stand tall! Don't apologize for it. It was an awesome sight to see, it will continue to be an inspiration to our young boys and girls, men and ladies, to emulate a humble heart grateful to live in a free land respecting each other. This brings true change.

  • Robert A. Hardisty

    10/15/2017 08:31 PM

    I am a true fan of the Steelers sense the late 60's and was proud of that. Now I am just a fan of number 78 ,Mr. Villanueva but also that I am very proud that he served in our military to protect us . He should be disappointed in his fellow FOOTBALL associates they spit on him as well as all the fall men and women . Coach Tonkin should be a man and apologize to him and thank him for his patriotism

  • Connie L. Bickel

    09/28/2017 10:10 PM

    #78 is my hero, too!!!

  • alicia merla

    09/28/2017 08:17 PM

    Mr, Villanueva--I am not an avid football fan but after watching you on TV prior to "the" game where you stood tall, took your stance, disregarding peer pressure, politics. etc....I am one of many who respect all you have done which allows "unintelligent freedom of speech" and has many family members who sacrificed to let me live free. Many football players have the braun but not the brave to survive a real BATTLE! God Bless ya sir..I will be shopping for my #78 jersey ..out with my Dallas gear.

  • Dan McCullough

    09/27/2017 01:43 PM

    Derek Wolfe, defensive end for the Denver Broncos should be a Huck's Hero rather than Alejandro Villanueva. Alejandro Villanueva has apologized for doing the right thing and explained it was an accident. Derek Wolfe stood when 32 teammates sat/knelt or raised their fists, then he backed it up with a statement to ESPN explaining that he stood out of respect for the men and women who died in real battle so that he had the freedom to battle on the field. A real hero.

  • Laura Hays

    09/27/2017 12:08 PM

    Leftist culture is so stupid. It's all based on peer pressure. The NFL has become a middle school playground where if a player won't jump on the protest bandwagon then they're pressured and ousted until they relent. There's no telling what sob story this guy was told that brainwashed him into making an apology. Why apologize for exercising your right to actually be an individual and NOT participate in this brouhaha?

  • Sara Knecht

    09/26/2017 07:32 PM

    But he backed down and apologized. What good did that do? Nothing.

  • Maureen King

    09/26/2017 05:34 PM

    Our countrymen really need to follow suit, and do as our hero,Alejandro Villanueva, did, and stood up for the American Flag during the National Anthem, and stood for the righteousness and freedom that we have.

  • Katherine Swanson

    09/26/2017 04:57 PM

    I was very disappointed to see him apologize for embarrassing his team. He lost my respect.

  • Alton Bergeson

    09/26/2017 04:52 PM

    MR. Tomlin
    I hope this protest as it is comes back to bit you and the team.
    I would believe that you never was in the militery and fought for this country, if so shame on you for your disrespect to the country and our Flag