Villanueva’s Jersey Becomes #1 Seller [UPDATE: Proceeds To Go To USO]
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Villanueva will be donating the proceeds of his jersey sales to the USO and other military nonprofits:
On Sunday, left tackle Alejandro Villanueva was the only Pittsburgh Steeler to stand during the national anthem, as the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told all his players to stay in the locker room, but Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served multiple tours in Afghanistan and who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, refused.
Football fans all across the country rallied to support Villanueva. Sunday night, his jersey sales began to skyrocket. On Monday, his jersey quickly became the bestselling NFL gear. Fanatics confirmed to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, “more Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered than that of any other NFL player.”
On Twitter, Rovell noted that it is unusual for an offensive lineman’s jersey to be available in both men’s and women’s cuts.