Pittsburgh Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva's merchandise is in high demand after he stood alone outside a tunnel at Soldier Field during the national anthem on Sunday.
Villanueva — a former Army Ranger and graduate of West Point — had the top-selling merchandise among any NFL player on Fanatics.com and NFLShop.com in the 24 hours after kickoff of the Steelers-Chicago Bears game, Fanatics vice president of communications Meier Raivich confirmed to USA TODAY Sports in an email. (Fanatics runs NFLShop.com.) Villanueva's No. 78 jersey was also the top seller of any NFL player during the same span.
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Villanueva beat New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who were Nos. 2 and 3 for jerseys and overall merchandise in that span.