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Steelers player and Army veteran who stood for national anthem has top-selling jersey

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva (78) stands outside the tunnel alone during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(KMPH)-- A Pittsburgh Steelers player who stood for the national anthem now has a top-selling jersey in the NFL, CNN reports.

Offensive lineman and U.S. Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva was the only player for the Pittsburgh Steelers who came out onto the field Sunday for the national anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears.

On Monday, Villanueva's jersey was outselling league big-shots like Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers on the NFL Shop, CNN reports.

Villanueva is the Steelers' starting left tackle but is also a former Army Ranger who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, according to the Steelers' website.

Villanueva was the only one on the field with Steelers' coaches after head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that the team would not be present for the anthem at Soldier Field.

President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who protest during the national anthem incited a mass increase in such activism Sunday, with more than 100 NFL players sitting or kneeling, others raising their fists and whole teams standing with locked arms to display unity.

"The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!"President Trump posted to Twitter Monday morning.


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