Alejandro Villanueva wore the name of a fallen Army hero on his helmet during Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, breaking away from the team’s decision to wear Antwon Rose Jr.’s name on their helmets for the entire season.
Villanueva, a former captain in the U.S. Army who served three tours in Afghanistan and became an Army Ranger before joining the NFL in 2014, was seen covering Rose’s name with that of Alwyn Cashe.
The decision by the Pittsburgh Steelers’ lineman was met with heavy criticism.
Among the peple who had an issue with it was Jemele Hill who took to Twitter to call him out for going against a team decision.
Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe died in 2005 after attempting to rescue fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle following a roadside bomb in Iraq. He suffered second- and third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body, eventually succumbing to those injuries almost a month later.
He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.
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