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Alejandro Villanueva jersey sales are surging after the Steeler stood alone for the anthem

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Jersey sales for the Pittsburgh Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva are surging after the team's starting left tackle stood for the national anthem Sunday without his teammates, who remained in the locker room.

Villanueva's No. 78 jersey was the top seller of the 352 Steelers jerseys for sale on Fanatics.com on Monday, ahead of the jerseys of stars like quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Villanueva, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Army captain who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, stood by himself for the anthem before the Steelers' road game against the Chicago Bears.

More than 200 National Football League (NFL) players protested on Sunday following the president's comments and tweets suggesting that players who protest the anthem should be fired.

Twitter users lauded Villanueva for standing for the anthem.

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