Lone Steeler stood on field for anthem as rest of team stayed in locker room

While his teammates remained in the locker room during the anthem, Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva stood on the field by himself.

In the biggest development — so far — on a surreal Sunday of protests around the NFL, the Steelers opted to remain in the locker room during the national anthem prior to their game against the Bears at Soldier Field.

All except for one Steeler, that is. Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Army Ranger who won a Bronze Star during three tours in Afghanistan, stood by himself outside the Steelers locker room tunnel, hand over his heart.

Villanueva's act quickly lit up social media.

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Villanueva, who attended the U.S. Military Academy, played briefly with the Eagles before joining the Steelers in 2014.

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