There was one NFL team that took the national anthem protesting to the extreme.
The Pittsburgh Steelers refused to take the field for the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.
Now they shocked everyone with a jaw dropping announcement about how they plan to protest the national anthem.
The Steelers stood out from the rest of the league because while the other 52 players, coaches, and team personnel stood in the tunnel, veteran Army Ranger and current left tackle Alejandro Villanueva stood on the field with his hand over heart to honor America during the national anthem.
The franchise faced more intense backlash than any in the league when head coach Mike Tomlin criticized Villanueva and then it appeared as though Tomlin and other players had forced him to apologize for standing for the anthem.
Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he couldn’t sleep the night after the protest.
After all the controversy and condemnation by fans, the Steelers were forced to address how they would protest the national anthem going forward.
And in a clear sign that these protests have backfired in a major way, the Steelers announced they would stand for the anthem i.n their next game against the Baltimore Ravens.
CBS Pittsburgh reports:  

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