The NFL was the subject of major headlines on Sunday following the protesting taking place during the national anthem. Although the protests have been occurring since Colin Kaepernick began the movement in support of Black Lives Matter last year, the number of participants drastically increased on September 24th due to President Trump’s controversial statement.
After Trump suggested that all players taking a knee during the anthem should be let go from the league, professional football players and coaches responded. Hundreds of players did not stand for the anthem and a few teams took it as far as not making an appearance during the song at all.
Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Army vet, turned heads before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears when he was the only Steelers player who stepped out for the national anthem. While he had his hand proudly over his heart during the “Star Spangled Banner,” the rest of his team was waiting in the locker room.
Many conservatives sent praise and positive thought to Villanueva, including the president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. Republicans appreciated the fact that he still respected the flag and didn’t let politics get in the way of playing the game.
On Monday, Villanueva received good news following his bold and brave move. According to CNN, his jersey became the top-selling one in the entire league.
CNN Money stated his jersey was outselling popular all-star players such as Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers in the official NFL shop. NFL's website notes Steeler's number 78 is a top-seller for the Pittsburgh Steelers and in ladies jerseys, kids jerseys, and t-shirts.
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