Steeler’s Villanueva Pressured to Apologize by Racist Mike Tomlin
If anybody believes that Alejandro Villanueva didn’t realize he threw his teammates under the bus, as he put it, then I have some swamp land in Houston to sell you.
This man was undoubtedly pressure. And I don’t need a special counsel to look into this.
After all the brouhaha over taking a knee, one could not possibly have not known what was happening. Tomlin acted as if it was each player’s person decision, but that is a lie.
Pittsburgh coach, Mike Tomlin is an ethnocentric black racist who supports BLM, even though the group are terrorists. Truth be told, Tomlin likes that BLM kills cops, and he feels a kinship to those who commit such heinous acts. In fact, if it weren’t for the grace of God many on his team might very well be dead.
As for Villanueva, I would feel sorry for him, except he’s a former Army Ranger. And the Ranger’s creed: Always lead the way.
That’s what Villanueva did. But then he remembered Army Ranger’s pay:
Salary for an Army Ranger depends upon rank and length of service. According to the Army’s 2014 pay scale, an E-1 private with less than two years of service makes $18,378 in basic pay, while a captain with six years of service earns basic pay of $64,983.60.
That’s a far cry from pro football’s league minimum of $450,000. But Villanueva makes far more than that.
According to SportTrac, here is Villanueva’s comp package:
Alejandro Villanueva signed a 4 year, $24,000,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, including a $6,500,000 signing bonus, $6,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,000,000.
In 2017, Villanueva will earn a base salary of $1,500,000 and a signing bonus of $6,500,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,125,000 and a dead cap value of $6,500,000.
But Villanueva knows adversity.
Villanueva was a Captain in the United States Army, in which he served as an Army Ranger and was decorated with a Bronze Star for valor. He played college football for the Army Black Knights, being recruited at one position and playing three others during the course of his career.
Although he went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, he received a try out with the Cincinnati Bengals as a tight-end. Villanueva didn’t make the team, and returned to military service. Two years later, he made a second attempt to play in the NFL, again trying out as a tight end with the Chicago Bears. He failed again.
After finishing his last tour with the Army Rangers, Villanueva decided to pursue his NFL career again, and began training at a nearby college. In March 2014, he paid $245 to attend a regional NFL combine in Flowery Branch, Georgia, one of ten such regional combines that in total hosted over 3,000 participants.
In April 2014, Villanueva was one of 240 prospects invited to the NFL super regional combine in Detroit. There, he met with the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Ultimately, he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on May 5, 2014, where he played for 3 years. And as we know he now plays for the Steelers.
The man has tenacity; which is bothersome, given his new statement on standing for the flag.
As an Army Ranger, nothing should have made him back down, certainly not a racist coach. Is playing the game worth that much? Only a day before Villanueva was a hero to many.
This only goes to show just how much pressure Leftism puts on America’s best. When I was told by a Navy SEAL friend that he got out due to the Leftism pervasive in the military, I was skeptical. I’m no longer skeptical.
I prefer to remember Villanueva for his standing for the national anthem. I realize all that his military career is over, that chapter gone. But the many men with whom he served expected him to honor the Army Ranger’s motto: Always lead the way.