Military vet Steelers Player Subs out Police Shooting Victim’s Name for Hero Soldier

The Pittsburgh Steelers chose to honor a police shooting victim, offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva covered his name with that of a black army sergeant who died saving six soldiers.

The Steelers announced on Monday that players had agreed to honor Antwon Rose Jr., a black teenager killed by police violence, by wearing his name on the back of their helmets. When they took the field against the New York Giants, Army veteran Alejandro had covered Rose’s name and hand wrote Alwyn Cashe over it.

Cashe was a career soldier who enlisted in the US Army straight out of high school in 1988. He served multiple tours in the Gulf and Iraq wars and achieved the rank of Sergeant first class. 

On a mission during a 2005 deployment to Iraq, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle Cashe was traveling in hit an IED and burst into flames. His uniform was doused in fuel as he managed to escape, but Cashe went back into the burning vehicle to rescue injured soldiers, while in flames himself.   

He saved six soldiers and denied medical attention until they were all evacuated. He died weeks later of burn injuries that covered 72% of his body.  

He was awarded the Silver Star for his actions, but supporters continue to push for an upgrade to the Medal of Honor. On Wednesday, new legislation was introduced in the U.S. House to allow the President to award Cashe the honor, he is currently ineligible as more than five years have passed since his heroic actions.  

Alejandro is a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star prior to signing with the NFL in 2014. This is not the first time he has challenged the team’s social stance. When coach Mike Tomlin told players to remain in the locker room during the National Anthem in 2017, Alejandro stepped outside and saluted.    

Tomlin said his offensive lineman discussed the change with him beforehand. “As an organization and myself as a head coach of an organization, we are going to support our players in however they choose to participate and express themselves or to not participate or not express themselves, as long as they do so thoughtfully and with class.”

Alejandro’s teammates were surprised, quarterback Ben Roethlisbeger said he didn’t know about the name change. “That’s his choice. That’s the amazing thing about the country we live in. Unfortunately, it is what it is.”

Defensive Tackle Cameron Heyward said, “In this country, we’re given the freedom to do and support those that mean a lot to us.” 

Rose’s mother, Michelle Kenney, was not happy with the change and spoke out against Alejandro’s decision on Facebook. “The Pittsburgh Steelers took a team vote. Obviously one person didn’t like the results so they chose to do something different. I have nothing against vets and absolutely appreciate everything that they have done and continue to do for us. But this one person showed us exactly who he is and obviously he didn’t approve of how the vote turned out.” 

Antwon Rose Jr. was shot in the back by a Pittsburg police officer in 2018, when he ran from a vehicle after being pulled over. The officer was charged with murder, but found not guilty in March 2019.

 

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vladimir
1 month ago
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Daniel Pelkowski
Daniel Pelkowski
1 month ago

Good for you man! True hero! Cashe was above and beyond the hero statis. As for the lawbreaking rose , he got what he deserved by being and thinking evil. Just another worthless excuse for a human!👍👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Ollie Octopus
Ollie Octopus
28 days ago

What? He crossed out Cashe and honored Rose.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago

Every AMERICAN needs to tell the truth each day just to piss off every globalist $oro$ puppet,libby snow flake and hurt their little feelings .

Judith Green
Judith Green
1 month ago

My hat is off to you HONOR OUR HEROS.
HONOR OUR COUNTRY BRING YOUR
MESSAGE TO EVERYONE LET US BE ONE
Let’s change the level of hate to the PEOPLE
WHO HURT NOT AGAINST THE PEOPLE
WHO HELP

Robyn
Robyn
1 month ago

WHEN YOU CRY BABIES ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THIS COUNTRY UNTIL THEN THE KEEP YOUR SORRY THOUGHTS TO YOURSELVES. THIS IS ALL YOU HAVE TO DO? YOU LIVE IN FREE BECAUSE OF MEN LIKE VILANUEVA THAT KEEP YOUR SORRY BUTTS SAFE. HE MADE A CHOICE HAVE YOU HEARD OF IT BEFORE IF NOT LOOK IT UP AND SEE WHAT IT IS! FREE CHOICE

stevo
stevo
1 month ago
Reply to  Robyn

as a two tour nam vet and also a steelers fan he stood with his hand over his heart last year during the anthem and i believe the other players stayed in the locker room.these otheR brats don’t get what we fought for! that’s why their viewership is going down again this year!

Don N
1 month ago

It surprises me that they wanted to honor Rose Jr. in the first place.

Big
Big
1 month ago
Reply to  Don N

Nothing surprises me nowadays.. THEY are a national disgrace

Ollie Octopus
Ollie Octopus
28 days ago
Reply to  Don N

They keep digging the hole deeper. Watch them cry when no one goes to their games. I’m done with the NFL. They could give me free tickets to the Super Bowl on the 50 yard line and pick me up in a limo, and I still wouldn’t go. I refuse to watch a bunch of black thugs kneel for the National Anthem and disrespect this great country of ours. They are going to cry in their beer when the money dries up!

John J
1 month ago

America will get over the hideous practice of honoring criminals, if you do the crime, you deserve what you get

cher
cher
1 month ago

will these over paid jerks ever realize that they praise thugs? glad there is a smart one in the crowd. thank you big guy.

Last edited 1 month ago by cher
JoAnne
JoAnne
1 month ago

This man is a hero himself for refusing to bend to the mob and salute an ACTUAL hero. All the other players are just trying to keep liberals watching their game. Salute those who gave their lives FOR our country, not AGAINST it.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
1 month ago
Reply to  JoAnne

Absolutely agree 100% with your comment. People need to STOP watching these games. ALL OF THEM. RICH BLACK THUGS.
You know what they say:
You can take the thug from the hood, but you can’t take the hood from the thug!

fedup
fedup
1 month ago
Reply to  JoAnne

ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!

Mikey
Mikey
1 month ago

The only Steeler worthy of the “steel” part of the name. God bless him for his recognition of a TRUE American hero and his service.

D MacKAY
D MacKAY
16 days ago

Rses mom says “The Pittsburgh Steelers took a team vote. Obviously one person didn’t like the results so they chose to do something different.”
“Kind of like saying America took a team vote for a president. Obviously the Democrats didn’t like the results because they had chose someone different”

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