When Steelers offensive tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, a US veteran took to the feild to stand proudly for the national anthem, he was noticeable because he was literally the only Steeler to be doing so. He has served his country and now he continues to serve his country and community by showing pride in or nation’s institutions. But what nobody expected was the backlash he would face, not just from social media and the leftist MSM, but from his own coach.
Apparently, Coach Mike Tomlin had “ordered” the team to sit out the anthem, but Villanueva, a former Ranger, decided to break ranks. This is bravery. When all those around you are following the herd and taking the “politically safe” option, this shows true strength of character and courage. Tomlin was less than pleased and took a veiled swipe at Villanueva after the game. He said:
“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team.”
He went further and made excuses:
“Many of them felt like something needed to be done. I asked those guys to discuss it and whatever they discussed that we have 100 percent participation or we do nothing,” he said. “They discussed it for an appropriate length of time and they couldn’t come to an understanding, so they chose to remove themselves from it. They were not going to be disrespectful in the anthem so they chose not to participate, but at the same time many of them were not going to accept the words of the president.”
Does he not realize that this is the greatness of America? That it is in the very nature of being an American that individuals can stand up to the authority and express their views; it was the founding fathers that first demonstrated this, and 1776 was the day that Americans said they would be a free people. The patriot on the field was demonstrating the 1776 spirit. We should all applaud him and his bravery.