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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78) is the sole member of the team to stand in the open for the national anthem while his teammates remained in the tunnel before a game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.

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Steelers Player Who Stood For Anthom Apologizes For Embarrassing Team

Steelers Offensive Tackle Alejandro Villanueva has the highest selling jersey on the NFL’s website after standing for the anthem, while his teammates remained behind in the tunnel BUT he has already expressed regret for his decision, revealing he was unintentionally standing alone and was meant to be backed by team captains

“Unfortunately, I threw my teammates under the bus, unintentionally,” Villanueva said at a press conference on Monday. “Every single time I see that picture of me, standing by myself, I feel embarrassed.”

“I made my teammates look bad, and that is my fault, and my fault only,” Villanueva said. “We as a team tried to figure it out, but obviously butchered it.”

“It was a very embarrassing part on my end,” he added. “When everyone sees an image of me standing by myself, everybody thinks the team and the Steelers are not behind me, and that is absolutely wrong. It’s quite the opposite.

Villanueva was put in an awkward position, having served three tours in Afghanistan.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the team’s captains had planned to stand beside Villanueva during the anthem, but he explained they were blocked heading out of the tunnel.

“There was a flag or something coming off the field so there was a bunch of Bears fans coming off the field holding that, going in front of us, so it kind of held us up,” Roethlisberger said.

“We were going to go to the tunnel to stand together. By time all the chaos kind of happened in front of us, as we started to take our step the anthem started, so we stopped to show respect for the anthem,” he added.

Coach Mike Tomlin announced before the game that the team would stay in the locker room in protest of President Donald Trump’s recent criticism of players who “disrespect” the U.S.

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