Alejandro Villanueva Has Fastest Selling Jersey Over Last 24 Hours


Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey and merchandise has skyrocketed to tops of the league over the last 24 hours, per a report from ESPN.

Jeremy Fowler got the information from a spokesman from Fanatics, the NFL’s online store.

“A spokesman for Fanatics, which runs the NFL’s online store, confirmed to ESPN that, over the past 24 hours, more Villanueva gear, including jerseys and name and number T-shirts, has been ordered than for any other NFL player.” 

Villanueva stood in front of the rest of the Steelers outside the tunnel, while the rest of the team remained inside on the edge, for the anthem. He, of course, served as an Army Ranger before ending his tour and resuming his football career.

Many are supporting Villanueva even more now after he appeared to, as David Todd put it on today’s Terrible Podcast, “break rank,” with the rest of the team.


Villanueva was reportedly unavailable for comment after Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears.

Teammates haven’t offered much of a comment on his decision and if the team knew his intentions. Ben Roethlisberger said he had no problem with Villanueva’s choice. James Harrison seemed to imply he didn’t know Villanueva was going to stand outside the tunnel.

“We thought we were all in attention with the same agreement, obviously,” Harrison said. “But, I guess we weren’t.”

Others, like Chris Hubbard, said Villanueva was “cool” with the Steelers’ decision to remain in the tunnel for the anthem. Clearly, we don’t know enough to comment on what exactly happened in the 48 hours prior to the game.

Either way, Villanueva is a guy who has tried to remain out of the limelight. Heck, he was downright sheepish during his contract talks. Now, he’s in the national spotlight.

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  • SportsBall Is My Life

    Integrity sells, some things are more important then SportsBall.

    If Tomlin had a jersey I would burn it

  • Dillan Walker

    Tomlin should’ve put a stop to this before it started tearing the locker room in half and worse… The fan base is f*cking loosing it all together… Upsetting. I just want foobaw

  • JohnB

    Yeah its shocking the impact this guy had yesterday. I have Ravens fans friends changing their profile pic to the one of him saluting. Its crazy.

  • SportsBall Is My Life

    Steeler Nation is appalled by Tomlin’s actions and rightfully so.
    NFL has a full blown PR disaster on its hands with no end in sight.
    NFL thought SJW theatrics were good for business, now they will suffer….BIGLY

  • LucasY59

    I totally support and respect Villanueva, but buying his Jersey supports the NFL (who lots of people are protesting now…especially the ones who have decided what he did yesterday was reason to go buy a jersey) I think (and HOPE) he gets some sort of revenue share from these sales

    as for my opinion on whats going on right now, Like I said I appreciate what AV did (as a fellow former Army serviceman) but also understand what the point of the protest is (I dont think what they are doing to protest is not as effective as it could be, and does more to stir up emotions than it does action, so IMO very ineffective and only adds to the dissension) as for the Steelers deciding to stay off the field I think it is one of the more respectable ways to approach the situation (would much rather they stay off the field than sit on the bench…just my opinion but that is worse than taking a knee) and doing so as mainly a complete show of solidarity I can respect it, but they would have much more respect from me if they decided to stand with Al and show their solidarity that way instead

  • Bradys_Dad

    And unfortunately he will get “0” $ out of this.

  • SportsBall Is My Life

    “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.” Villanueva gets it. And Americans love him for it

  • Bradys_Dad

    BIGLY – that was absolutely perfect …………….. BIGLY – truly LOL

  • John Smith

    NFL=Not for Long.

  • Smitty 6788

    Speak for yourself I’m apart of Steelers nation and know many more that have 0 problem with what Tomlin did I’m 1000% behind his decision

  • Dillan Walker

    What decision?? He didn’t make a decision. And if he had he pretty well said his decision would of had everyone on the field. He clearly said he didn’t like being subjected to politics in his job. So stand behind Tomlins decision to be on the field while 99% of his players are in the tunnel

  • Dan

    That’s my delemma now. I only buy overpriced jerseys about once a decade and I’m now due. I pretty much decided I was going to get a Villanueva and yesterday confirmed that decision. But indeed the NFL that stirred up this mess, allowed other teams to move franchises and has been so unfair to so many people, is where the profits will go. I do want to show support for the team and for AV specifically, but now thinking may just buy an unlicensed jersey and send the price difference in a donation to the USO or DAV.

  • steelburg

    I agree. No matter what they decided to do I was hoping they did it as a team. They decided as a team to not take the field and AV came out of the tunnel I think that was a bad look. Not a bad look that he stood and respected the flag but just a bad look that he basically went against what the team had decided on together. I think that in small part can explain why this team has looked bad in areas where we thought they would flourish because it shows a individual going against what has been decided on as a team. Like I said I am not against AV standing and respecting the flag but if they all agreed on it it should have done by everyone. Just like Ben did he could have Been at the front of the line or tunnel still showing respect but with the team. I think the message Tomlin was trying to send was that we will be together as a team no matter what and when 1 player separates himself from that group it doesn’t show that.

  • Dillan Walker

    I would’ve rather had a Jerry Jones situation one way or the other from Mr Rooney. Saying hey this is my team this is what were doing

  • tequila0341

    Bought a Villanueva jersey before this nonsense. Disgusted to think that my purchase could mean that some Trumpkins think I’m on their side. Can’t wear it outside anymore.

  • Dillan Walker

    I’ll take the Jersey if your gonna waste it being afraid to wear it…

  • tequila0341

    LOL – not afraid. I don’t want to be associated with Trumpkins, no way no how.

  • Chiricano

    I respect the coach for trying to keep the team together; as a US Army Officer, Ranger and decorated war hero; Villanueva has no choice but answer the call when the colors are uncovered and the anthem is played! It has nothing to do with what Trump says or does not say! He did his best to stand up for both worlds, I respect him.

  • Dillan Walker

    Again, I’ll take it then, call me whatever

  • John Noh

    I can’t post the link but Shannon Sharpe was on his talking heads show today calling out AV for “being wrong” for going against the team. Something about defying the team’s vote would jeopardize lives or something, as it would in the military. Somebody check horse face for CTE because I don’t know how you can express this inane point of view otherwise.

  • tequila0341

    Hmmmm. No.

  • Luke Shabro

    I’m not horribly upset about the protests. As someone who served I recognize and respect their right to protest. I don’t get bent out of shape about it as they’re not stomping on or burning the flag even if I do think there are better ways to further your cause. But AV has been one of my favorites for a while, basically the opposite of Bell. I don’t really buy jerseys but it seems every couple weeks AV does something that makes me want to buy his even more.

  • Luke Shabro

    Shannon Sharpe, Skip Bayless, and all their ilk aren’t worth listening to. None of them has served a thing in their life besides themselves. They don’t know dick about true analysis of football and they sure don’t have any understanding of politics or service.

  • Katie

    It’s about AMERICA not Trump. Villanueva is a true American Patriot. I’ll buy the Shirt.

  • John Noh

    That’s a rather cynical view, I have to say. President Trump isn’t the country nor is he the ideals that AV stood up for when he stood respectfully for the anthem. I’d bet that the vast, vast majority of the AV jersey purchases have to do with to do with showing respect and admiration for AV’s actions, not because of political affiliation.

  • LucasY59

    I agree, but AV is a special situation in all of this and thats why instead of staying off the field they all shouldve been out there Standing with AV, they dont have to put their hands over their heart and if they lock arms in solidarity I can even respect that, but AV is not going to disrespect something he has fought for and in some ways I am sure he stands because of his former (teammates) brothers in arms, just as much for respect for the Flag and Anthem, he has EARNED that, and no matter what the other teammates think they should respect him for what he has done

  • steelburg

    I said in a post below that I didn’t agree with AV separating himself from the team. I think that once you agree on something as a team it should be held up. I think he could have easily stood at the front of the tunnel with the team like Big Ben did and saluted the flag still without separating himself from the group.

  • Harley Crockett

    Blood is indeed thicker than water

  • You are retarded if you think not participating in the national anthem was directed at our brave service men and woman. Yesterday the entire league, commish, owners, and NFLPA stood united against one man and one man only, Trump and his divisive words.

  • Katie

    Yes because he is a great American who served his country bravely and honors his fellow fallen soldiers in Soldier Field. It is the American National Anthem not the Trump anthem. Soldiers died to keep the flag from falling in battle and these cowards cower in the locker room.

  • John Noh

    Well, I look at it as AV’s small, silent protest of the national anthem boycott, which he has always been publicly against.

  • MP34

    Great comment Lucas. I have no issue with the protests, or why they chose to do it.

    But, If you choose to protest, then do something with some class, and that’s memorable. I had hoped that the team would have encircled Villenueva, with heads down. You can be respectful of a military veteran teammate AND make a statement for change. I don’t think that angering people gets them supporting my way of thinking. It just causes more anger

    Staying in the lockerroom tunnel just didn’t resonate with me.

  • steelburg

    My argument isn’t with him standing and respecting the flag. It’s with him separating himself from the group. Up to this point none of the Steelers players have taken a knee or anything like that. And if I’m not mistaken JH was against players taking a knee. So I feel like there were probably players who felt the same way as AV did but stayed with the team because that is what they had all agreed on.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Some NFL players have a little vote, and all of a sudden AV is supposed to give up his right to salute his flag? No, things just don’t work like that,

  • Katie

    It was on Soldier Field. Villanueva was the ONLY American Patriot to honor his fallen fellow soldiers. A bunch of overpaid athletes think it’s all about them. Let them cower in the locker room. The National anthem is about our nation and all those men and women who died for it. A few millionaire athletes don’t get to change that.

  • Luke Shabro

    Eff that noise. The guy showed his true heart. He disagrees with what the team is doing but is respectful of them. This is the problem I have with most “activists” today. It’s never enough. And if you don’t stand in solidarity with their given cause then you’re a bigot. Since AV is Hispanic they can’t accuse him of that and since he’s a veteran they can’t call him too many names now he’s just a traitor to his team. Sheesh.

  • Ilalio Saufoi

    He’s an Army veteran, and we live by values, LDRSHIP it’s stands for:
    Loyalty
    Duty
    Respect
    Selfless service
    Honor
    Integrity
    Personal courage
    I’m behind this man, he’s my brother in arms and we love America. Go Steelers

  • Chiricano

    1. He did not take the field without his team mates.
    2. As a Army Officer, Ranger and war hero; he had no choice!
    3. He would do the same whether Trump opened his big mouth or not!!!

  • steelburg

    Ben stood at the front of the tunnel with his hand over his heart respecting the flag. I don’t have an issue with AV respecting the flag my only issue is that he separated himself from his team. He could have stood at the front with Ben and Saluted is all im saying.

  • Luke Shabro

    No JH was never against it. That was fake news. Hey everyone, most of the team says we’re staying in the locker room so we must all do it. Isn’t that what this is all against? Most Americans don’t see a problem with criminal justice as it exists because most of us don’t experience discrimination and undue violence. In that same vein, none, not one, of the guys in the Steelers locker room has watched their own Soldiers die in service to their country or had to bury their brothers. AV won a bronze star w/ valor. He’s a BAMF and he can do as he pleases as far as I’m concerned

  • First of all you don’t follow football.

    Your post history shows you are a Trump zealot.

    You simply don’t care, nor do you know what you are talking about in a football centric chat, you simply came here to stir up political crap.

  • steelburg

    Never called him a traitor. I’m just looking at the team and togetherness view of it that’s all.

  • steelburg

    I look at it as 1 player going against his team. And when you look at JH comments it sounds like he didn’t let any of his teammates know what he was doing. JH has came out as a player against players kneeing and he stayed with the team.

  • Katie

    AV stated his position on respecting the anthem before Trump was elected. He is walking the walk. The only one brave enough to stand up for his convictions. I didn’t even vote for Trump because I am not a Republican. Before everything else, I am my father’s daughter. And He was a veteran who worked tirelessly for other Veterans. AV is probably a Democrat. Who knows? All I know is that I know an American Patriot when I see one.

  • John Noh

    Steelburg, the togetherness train left a long time ago when this whole mess started. There was already discord among the Steelers with some players voting to stand, others voting to kneel. The team thought it came to a reasonable solution by trying to keep the player decisions out of public’s view. I even agreed with this approach at first. But if AV believes honoring his country was more important, who am I to fault him for it. He never asked for this. Just as Coach T said, he got “dragged into this bull****” too.

  • steelburg

    I get your point and I understand it. But maybe if he spoke up to his team that he wasn’t ok with that maybe they would have taken a different approach or done something different. All im saying is when you agree on something as a team that should be what everyone does.

  • John Noh

    As I wrote above, AV did not sow the seeds of discontent on this issue. Those seeds were already planted.

  • steelburg

    I disagree with that in part. Because up until now if I’m not mistaken now one has kneed for the anthem on this team that shows a team that’s together IMO. But I agree that the stand he took is completely understandable and he shouldnt be fault for being dragged into it.

  • steelburg

    We definitely agree on that.

  • It’s really too bad idiots like you misinterpret the message that was sent to one man yesterday. It was only a handful of men before, now, well you saw it. But once again you don’t care, you are here for yourself and no one else.

    Did you even know who AV was before yesterday? How did you even find this site anyway? Did you see AV on the news and google him?

  • tequila0341

    If you think what happened yesterday wasn’t directly a reaction to Trump calling protesting NFL players “sons of bitches” and calling for them to be fired … then I’m not sure what to do with you.

  • And laughing about it like a maniacal cartoon villain afterward…

  • tequila0341

    I was a Marine Corps 03 in Iraq for two tours in 2007 & 2009. You want to honor service members and veterans? Stop using us as political footballs to justify your hatred for other Americans.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    In Mike’s own words…

    “It’s not about what you’re capable of, It’s about what you’re willing to do.”

    “We don’t live in our fears. We live in our hopes.”

    “If our team doesn’t face enough adversity early on in a season, I create it. Nothing builds a team like adversity.”

    “The Standard … is the standard.”

  • Tasso222222

    I’m sorry that is such a joke. There was obvious dicension in the locker room which caused Tomlin to step in. The only mandate was that the team was unified in their decision.

    The players decided for themselves.

  • nutty32

    Gee, I wonder why Fowler didn’t report how many units were sold instead of giving us the ranking v. other individual players. Could it be because the low raw numbers would go against the narrative his espn overlords want him to push? If past published sales numbers are any indication, we’re looking at hundreds of units not thousands. Also bet the number of non-individual steelers TEAM gear sold would dwarf the Villy stuff. These talking heads really are terrible people.

  • Paul Rainey

    AV made me proud to be a Steeler fan, while the rest of them made me ashamed to be a Steeler fan. After 70 years of rooting for the Steelers I am done. They lie to us and expect we are dumb enough to fall for it. Dumblin says he wants no divisiveness and lets AV go out there on an island. I do not agree with the protest because it is the wrong platform. If they had a meeting and barely decided to do what they did then they are divided. They played like they stayed in the tunnel the whole game. Pathetic performance by 52 overpaid jerks. Roger Goodell talks about all the wonderful men in the NFL and how proud he is of them. Was he talking about Aaron Hernandez, Ray Lewis involved in murder, the drunk driver that killed a man, allthose men that beat their wives and girlfriends or all the ones he suspends every year for drug use? Please Roger explain that to me. Mr. Rooney, you are not worthy to have the Rooney name that your grand father made famous for love and compassion.

  • John Noh

    Are you saying ESPN is a right-wing company? That is indeed a new one.

  • Tasso222222

    To remove trump from this is to ignore the context of the situation.

  • nutty32

    They only care about causing a stir and making money.

  • Ken

    AV. Gives me a selfish reason to watch the Steelers when otherwise I would be embarrassed to do so after their stupid idiotic action.

  • Katie

    Trump only started this fight as misdirection to provide cover to Republicans who will fail again this week to repeal and replace Ocare after seven years of promises. Notice how no one is talking about healthcare. Played like a fiddle. The National Anthem should not be a toy for people to play with. It means more than these theater actors. The only one who remains a hero is AV who remains true to himself and his country.

  • srdan

    AV said something last year to Kaepernic and nobody cared. In my opinion, this was due to the divide not being rooted yet. You ask yourself why there is a divide now.

  • Really you should stop watching then. They would probably be better off without you…

  • srdan

    Funny you end that post with love and compassion.

    You can pick out 10 players in 20 years that got accused of murder, drugs or other things. In raw numbers that is less than a national average for a subset of people. Stop falling prey to the fear mongering and hating.

  • Katie

    I don’t hate other Americans. As a Libertarian I didn’t think we should be in that war to begin with. My dad was a great American hero and veteran who worked tirelessly for other veterans and was honored for it. Trump is just doing this for misdirection to provide cover for Republicans who will fail again on healthcare after almost 8 years of promises. Which wasn’t right. But it wasn’t right also for people to disrepect the National Anthem and everything it stands for.

    And Thank You for your service. People like you are American heroes.

    And AV is a hero also.

  • Katie

    Or it is to rise above it and not play into this little game like a fool. How much coverage is healthcare getting?

  • srdan

    Yesterday was the first time you can directly quantify (by numbers) the negative impact of the rhetoric coming from Trump. Week 3 players kneeling > week 2 players kneeling. He wants it to stop, yet his rhetoric makes it gets worse. I can only hope for our safety that this trend stays on the gridiron.

    And AV, as a football fan, I’m disappointed he was out there. As a human I can understand his position and support him.

  • srdan

    As a civilian I tell you that order is missing some very important things.

  • LucasY59

    and my argument is that as a team they should understand AVs situation and stand with him

    Im not trying to make him more important than any of the other guys, but like I already said he has earned a different kind of respect than his teammates have

  • dany

    So..it worked! Sales are up, or at least the same as always. All that matters is the $

  • NinjaMountie

    I’m of the opinion that he did it on purpose knowing it would dominate the headlines. You haven’t heard much about how, later that night, he released details on how he’s added countries to the new Travel Ban and made it indefinite.

  • John Phillips

    If you’re disappointed in AV you’re probably not

  • PA native in VA

    The Steelers say that they respect and appreciate military, police , and all first responders , but their blatant disrespect for the national anthem says differently. They have just slapped in the face every service member who ever served and sacrificed for this country with their actions or non action
    in this case. How could they show so much disrespect for Villy and all that he has done by not showing him their support? I bought AV jersey because he is the only Steelers to show courage and conviction to stand for what is right. Just like the military, do your job and leave politics out of it. There is a time and place for protest, but the playing of our anthem at your job is neither the time or place. Most of the people protesting have never lived in another country…I have… so they do not know or appreciate the life and freedoms we have in the US. If they had lived in other countries they would not be protesting over the ill thought out comments of one man or other perceived injustices. My husband served for 24 years, did 4 tours, and thankfully came home safe, when so many others did not. Thank you AV for staying strong

  • srdan

    What do you mean bud?

  • srdan

    I question the company you keep….haha

  • Chad H

    We will never know if he did say something. He is a Ranger. Country first! A motto he will always live by. I’m glad his jersey is selling off the shelf. Politics is for a different place and time. Not during the anthem before a game.

  • Chad H

    Because you’re a civilian you don’t get.

  • steelburg

    Going by what Harrison said it seems as if AV didn’t say anything and made a last second decision. If you read the comment by JH that’s the way it seems.

  • steelburg

    His teammates said all the right things and appeared understanding but going by what Harrison said. It seemed to me that he may have felt some kind of way with what AV did. And seems more about him thinking all had agreed on something and he went against it at the last minute. No argument with you on AV and the kind of respect he deserves.

  • SfSteeler

    doesnt resonate, agreed…

    now what, moving forward? is it a one game protest, do they now come out next week and have individual protests…? or like was said, they could kneel behind AV to show respect for him and protest at the same time…

    does the NFLPA and/or the NFL come up with a greater response and the season progresses?

    i guess i want this to become what its really about, its about having an actual discussion, not getting emotional and deciding on winners and losers in the heat of the moment and losing an opportunity for progress with a greater discussion!

  • Jon Crissinger

    Don’t the proceeds from the salute to service gear go 100% to the wounded warrior project, USO, and Pat Tillman foundation? Get one of those jerseys maybe

  • Dan

    Great point. I just read the details and the NFL claims that 100% of the royalties from Salute to Service do go to the 3 partner charities (USO, Tillman & Wounded Warrior). At the moments there’s no Steelers Salute gear except a gray team hoodie. Food for thought.

  • JohnB

    I live in Baltimore, what can you do?? Haha

  • mezzetin1

    Funny still.

  • mezzetin1

    Not one protester, you mean. Include ALL of them…

  • mezzetin1

    You’re an American citizen, aren’t you? Bingo, he’s your president whether you want that or not. However, there’s always immigration..

  • tequila0341

    If you’re saying I should get out of the country because I don’t want to be associated with the President’s opinions or his supporters, then you meant “emigration.”

    You might want to look into that as well, since you seem to want a country where a citizen isn’t allowed his opinion but rather must take on whatever his leader says. China recently criminalized “disrespect” for its anthem, including jail time. Sounds right up your alley.

  • John Phillips

    Read what you stated. You were actually disappointed he was out there?

  • David Ryan

    The Steelers had a unique opportunity to support AV and stand up for a USA that has the ability to deal with these issues. They could have said that we stand united for our country and to combat the social injustices facing our country. But they didn’t do that. Most people that would inflict their personal political views on their employers clock would be fired. Kap was asked today on his personal time about these issues and he had no comment. So you want to do this big act on TV but the issue is not important enough to talk about on your personal time. It’s not OK to push your personal political views at work period. No one will respect your cause if you lack integrity. I’ll be out there supporting the people who are personally accountable and really making a difference instead of crying about it and doing nothing on their personal time.

  • srdan

    Thank you for taking it as the joke it was suppose to be

  • JohnB

    Haha no worries. It has gotten a lil stuffy in here, eh?

  • srdan

    I totally agree.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Katie –

    You have just as much right to post your opinions as anyone else here. It’s called free speech. Some people only approve of free speech when it agrees with their point of view (and that really bothers me). Don’t get intimidated by bashers, especially when they hurl personal insults. You post what you want.

    Having said that, I have followed this board for a good 6 years now, and most of the time the posters here prefer to keep politics off the threads. In this particular case, the Villanueva situation is inseparably connected with politics and patriotism, so if there was ever a time to include political views it’s now. But in general, we would love to hear your “Steelers centered thoughts” from now on.

  • Katie

    How about after their Dixie Chicks moment in the UK ( sorry couldn’t help but notice them dissing the U.S. and standing for God Save the Queen), the Ravens come back jetlagged and completely rattled by Flacco’s erratic performance. Usually I wouldn’t wish a handicap but they completely deserve it. It won’t be the beating the Jags gave them, but somehow the Steelers pull out a win: 3 1 0. This is the wrong time for Roethlisberger to have sleepless nights. Have his come to Jesus moment some other time. He needs to be focused and protected. No sackings, no injuries Press their advantage against an unbalanced Ravens for the win.

  • gentry_gee

    I want a Villanueva jersey. Screw the Kneelers.

  • Ken

    wisdom from hardpunkkore…. oh boy

  • Gautama Om

    I swear people are so stupid in this world. Protesting against the flag is wrong because everything that the flag stands for does not affiliate with injustice.

    The idiots who want to protest injustice needs to have a more specific target that is within this great country, not the flag that represents the totality of it.

    It’s like when you say some in a particular group does this a certain thing means that all of them do it. Of course it has to be many Blacks (key word “many”) that are hypocrites about this. Same as all the hypocrisy I’ve had to endure as an Asian minority while serving in the military by, yes you guessed it, Blacks. Just because you are a minority does not mean you are full of equality or justice. People are people and there are crap people within every group. I can guarantee you that if Blacks, Hispanics or Asians ran the country it could be far worse inequality and injustice. Of course there are Whites who aren’t so good but they are a more balanced group (bad and good).

    The gist: everyone needs to shut up and look at yourself in the mirror. Start the correction with yourself. You aren’t so virtuous as you think.

  • Paul Rainey

    If you believe that there has only been 10 in the last 20 years you are delusional. I do not have the time to list them all.

  • Katie

    Well alright then. A win.