PITTSBURGH — In the days following the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 1 victory against the New York Giants, the names displayed on the back of players' helmets -- rather than their jerseys -- have dominated social circles.
Most Pittsburgh players donned the name Antwon Rose Jr., a Pittsburgh teen who was shot and killed by police in 2018, on their helmets during the game.
But offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, who served in the U.S. Army, broke away from his teammates and covered up Rose’s name with a Black war hero -- Alwyn Cashe -- instead.
Several of Villanueva’s teammates have since spoken out about what happened, including Maurkice Pouncey and Cam Heyward.
On Thursday, Steelers' President Art Rooney II issued a statement about the controversy:
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