I Wish Steelers Had Stood Up — Roethlisberger

Many Jaguars players knelt during the national anthem on Sunday Sept. 24

Many Jaguars players knelt during the national anthem on Sunday Sept. 24

That lone player was U.S. Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva.

"Unfortunately, I threw (my teammates) under the bus, unintentionally", Villanueva said.

"Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team". I made my teammates look bad and that is my fault... only.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had announced before the game that the team would wait out the anthem off the field specifically to avoid political statements. These are just some of the reactions from the other side since Sunday, when many NFL teams reacted to #TakeAKnee.

After watching the image go viral, Villanueva now feels horrible when he sees the picture of himself standing alone. "In a big picture where there's customized different things".

Roethlisberger ended his written reflection with a wish for his team to show "solidarity" by standing for the anthem, a sentiment he confirmed during a press conference at the Steelers practice facilities on Monday afternoon. When the team headed to the tunnel for the national anthem, Villanueva was in front. His service means that the flag and the anthem carry special meaning for him.

"It is so wrong for a coach to demand someone has to disrespect our country", wrote one person on Mad World News' Facebook post about Tomlin's comments.

Tom Brady shared a photo on Instagram Sunday showing him and teammate James White during a game, subtly showing support for the movement. And that came with a controversial ending, too. "That's what the flag means to a lot of veterans". It's quite the opposite.

Both Villanueva and Roethlisberger regretted the way the entire situation played out.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger agreed that there was a miscommunication. "Al thought we were standing with him". "But I guess we weren't". Moving forward we will be on the field. I personally don't believe the Anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest. "We need to stay together".

"He never wants to be the center of attention", said Heyward about Villanueva not wanting to stand alone on the field.

After scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to tie their game against the host Philadelphia Eagles, the 0-3 New York Giants found a way to lose.

Villanueva is a former Army Ranger who earned a Bronze Star and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan prior to signing with the Steelers.

"I just couldn't stand by the sidelines and watch other people do the work", he said. And when you are among the league's more talented teams and aspire to gain home-field advantage, losing to a team like the Bears is a huge blow. God bless those men and women.

We have truly lost our minds.

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