Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Defies Team's Social Justice Plan, Honors Military Hero on Helmet

Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Defies Team's Social Justice Plan, Honors Military Hero on Helmet


Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva broke with his team’s plan to push a social justice theme on Monday, by putting a military hero’s name on his helmet instead of a person killed in an altercation with police.

Villanueva put the name of Silver Star winner Alwyn Cashe on his helmet for Monday’s game against the New York Giants, according to TMZ.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn C. Cashe, 35, lost his life to an IED in Iraq in 2005. He posthumously received the Silver Star for valor in combat. Cashe was also an African American.

But the name on Villanueva’s helmet was a departure from the plan. The team had agreed to make a unified display of the name of Antwon Rose II, a 17-year-old East Pittsburgh resident who died in a police-involved shooting in 2018.

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The team memorialized Rose in a message to its website:

On the night

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