Steelers Villanueva, the Lone Anthem Stander, Jersey Sales Soar

Steelers Villanueva, the Lone Anthem Stander, Jersey Sales Soar

Steelers Villanueva, the Lone Anthem Stander, Jersey Sales Soar

Alejandro Villanueva’s #78 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey sales have risen to the Top in the last 24 hrs since he became the only Steelers player to stand for the national anthem before Sunday’s game Vs the Chicago Bears.

The Steelers made a team decision to remain in the locker room during the anthem, in part, coach Mike Tomlin said, to try not to inflame the situation after President Donald Trump suggested players who do notstand for the anthem should be fired.

Mr. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served 3 tours in Afganistan, went against the team decision and stood alone for the anthem just outside the tunnel.

As fans took to social media to talk about boycotting the NFL altogether in displeasure over the more than 200 NFL players who protested during the anthem in various ways, another phenomenon occurred with Mr. Villanueva: His jerseys began selling like they are Free.

By Monday morning, ESPN reporter Darren Rovell tweeted the news:

JUST IN: Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva is the best selling NFL jersey & T-shirt over the last 24 hours, according to @Fanatics pic.twitter.com/VpN1bG39Hn

Fanatics is the largest NFL clothing retailer and has several platforms, including the NFL’s official online shop.

Late Monday, Mr. Villanueva explained he had asked the team captains if he could stand with them during the anthem. They agreed, but as he exited the tunnel 1st, he turned back to his teammates right as the anthem began. They were not there…

Twitter users showed their support for Mr. Villanueva online as well as with their dollars.

If Villanueva doesn’t bcome a famous household name, something’s wrong. West Point, Ranger, Bronze Star, in B-school while in NFL. Hero! https://twitter.com/NewtTrump/status/912000832970854402 

Steelers Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey sales have skyrocketed! Everyone get you one to support this former Army Ranger and proud American!

Stay tuned…

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