For the second game in a row, Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva has the name a fallen war hero on the back of his helmet and center Maurkice Pouncey had the name of fallen Pittsburgh Police officer Eric Kelly on the back of his.
Alwyn Cashe died in Iraq after receiving severe burns, rescuing six of his fellow soldiers after an IED exploded near the vehicle he was in.
Cashe posthumously was awarded the Silver Star and there is a campaign to have it upgraded to the Medal of Honor.
Kelly was fatally shot in 2009 along with Officers Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo after responding to a domestic incident.
The team’s planed show of unity to all have Antwon Rose Jr.’s name (a Black teen fatally shot but police in 2018) turned into an issue as the week went on.
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said that he was aware of Villanueva’s move, but team captains Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Heyward said they were unware of the move.
Team owner Art Rooney released a statement late in the week explaining his players can decide what goes on the back of their helmets.
Roethlisberger had “It takes all of us,” on the back of his helmet, Hayward had “end racism” and Stephon Tuitt’s was blank.”
During the National Anthem, all Steelers stood, rookie receiver Chase Claypool had his fist in the air.
Ten Broncos took a knee.