Alejandro Villanueva (American football)

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Alejandro Villanueva
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Villanueva with the Steelers in 2015
No. 78 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: September 22, 1988 (age 27)
Place of birth: Meridian, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Weight: 320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: SHAPE High School
College: Army
Undrafted: 2010
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015
Games played: 16
Games started: 10
Tackles: 1
Player stats at
Alejandro Villanueva
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 2010 – present
Rank US military captain's rank.gif Captain

Alejandro “Ali” Villanueva (born September 22, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for thePittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). Villanueva is also a Captain in the United States Army, with whom he served as anArmy Ranger, decorated with a Bronze Star for valor. He playedcollege football for the Army Black Knights, being recruited at one position, and playing three others during the course of his career. After serving three tours of duty inAfghanistan, he signed a contract with the Eagles on May 5, 2014, after working out in a regional showcase.

Villanueva was born on Naval Air Station Meridian in Meridian, Mississippi to Spanish natives; Ignacio Villanueva, a Spanish Navalofficer who worked for NATO, and Matilda Martin.[1] Both his mother and father were over 6 feet (1.8 m) tall. Of the family’s four children, Alejandro, Paloma, Ignacio and Carmen; Alejandro was the eldest. During his childhood, he lived in Rhode IslandSpain, and Belgium; in Spain, he learned to play rugby, which, for a time, he preferred to football, which he began to play in Belgium.[1] It was while he was attending SHAPE High School in Casteau, Belgium when he was recruited to play football.[2] Villanueva’s childhood friend whom he’d met at SHAPE HS was recruited to play football for the Army Black Knights; and his friend told the Army coaches about Villanueva.[2] They kept in touch and Villanueva told him that he was considering attending West Point.[2] The following year Villanueva enrolled in West Point.[2]


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20 Responses to “Alejandro Villanueva (American football)”

  1. ck says:

    Apparently, this guy has a dream and not letting anyone stop him either! GO TEBOW!!!

  2. Sage says:

    Dee Dowis passes in a car crash. More than a little in common with Tebow. Nice highlight reel.

    • ck says:

      Not familiar w/him and trying not to imagine why he was driving the wrong way at that early in the morning…sad for the family.

  3. andrea says:

    Dee Dowis and Alejandro Villanueva – two American heroes. Colin Kapernick – well if I write down what I really think of him Buzzy will ban me from this site.

  4. Danny says:

    Don’t know where to post this,but Tim’s tryout has started.

    He ram an impressive 60 yard dash in 6.6 seconds, same as Bryce Harper and Derek Jeter.

  5. Danny says:

    27 of 30 teams scouting Tim today

  6. Danny says:

    Mostly fielding so far, some are saying left field is where he’ll end up.

  7. Danny says:

    Tebow in batting practice crushing the ball, had scouts buzzing.

    Tim facing live pitching now, one LA sports writer saying the Dodgers should sign him now.

    Lots of coverage on Twitter.

  8. David says:

    Skip Bayless is there and reporting.

  9. Sage says:

    Skip gives it a “B.” Not bad, he says. Late against big-league-level pitching, but making solid contact.

    Heard some scouts see the arm as below average, lacks true carry.

    I’m glad Tebow had a tryout that was well attended.

    Believe it or not I had a dream this morning where Tim (for some inexplicable reason) was starting QB for the Broncos for one more game. He hit an wide open receiver for the game winner. The crowd including Elway were ecstatic, but Tebow gave the team (and Elway) an icy look before departing for his MLB tryout.

    We’re talking about sports here, not life and death. With that proviso, few have ever endured more unjust persecution than Tebow.

  10. ck says:


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