Steelers' Villanueva Covers Name of Police Brutality Victim to Honor Fallen Soldier

Alwyn Cashe gave his life to save 6 fellow soldiers after an explosion in Iraq in 2005

The Steelers announced on Monday that the name of Antwon Rose Jr. (the 17-year-old black teen fatally shot by police in 2018) would be on the back of their football helmets all season long, but on Monday, one Steeler had a different name on the back of his helmet.

Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva had the name off fallen soldier Alwyn Cashe.

Cashe, a Black man and Sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, gave his life to rescue fellow soldiers after an improvised explosive device caused damage to the Bradley tank he was in while on a route clearance mission in Iraq in October 2005.

Cashe, covered in fuel, helped rescue six fellow soldiers, pulling them from the burning vehicle, all while his uniform continued to burn.

Cashe refused to be rescued by medical staff until this fellow soldiers were tended to.

With burns to over 70 percent of his body, Cashe died less than a month after the incident.

Cashe posthumously was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and there are calls that he be awarded the Medal of Honor, a call that is backed by the Pentagon.

Villanueva served as an Army Ranger and received a Bronze Star for valor and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.

In 2017, during the national anthem controversy, the Steelers decided they would stay in the locker room to avoid attention, but Villanueva stood visible out of the tunnel.

Villanueva said at the time did didn't mean to cause any controversy and thought no one would see him.

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