Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers has become a hero to millions for defying his team and standing for the National Anthem. His shirt has become a hot item, too.
The New York Post reports:
Villanueva’s NFL jersey becomes a best-seller
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, who broke with his team to stand for the national anthem on Sunday, became the best-selling NFL player Monday, according to a report.
The former Army Ranger, who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, was the only Steeler to appear for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the game against the Chicago Bears.
His patriotic counterprotest while his teammates remained in the locker room helped him unseat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as the top gear seller in the league, ESPN reported.
A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL’s online store, confirmed that more Villanueva items, including jerseys and T-shirts, had been ordered than that of any other NFL player in the past 24 hours.
His actions weren’t supported by everyone — including his own coach.
Asked after the Steelers’ 23-17 loss what he thought of Villanueva’s positioning for the anthem, Mike Tomlin said: “I was looking for 100 percent participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team.”
So the coach wanted respect for the team but not for the National Anthem? They just don’t get it.