Alejandro Villanueva

Alejandro Villanueva is not your typical NFL star. And neither is he a typical Army Ranger, or West Point graduate. An offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Alejandro is one of the very few military veterans playing in the NFL. Listen to Alejandro share his story of how his service impacts him today. 


From Time Magazine: A Tale of Soldiers and a School – April 2010
From Military Times: How to bridge the divide between civilians and the military, first responders – September 2019
From The Atlantic: Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: Some thoughts from the Military Side – August 2015
Bronze Star Medal
United States Military Academy – West Point 

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”

10th Mountain Division

Team Mountain – an integrated, multi-component, joint team of Soldiers, airmen, civilians, families, and regional partners – prepares globally responsive combat-ready forces; on order, rapidly deploys adaptive expeditionary units and executes unified land operations in support of the joint force to win in a complex world.

Alejandro speaks at Virginia Military Institute

Decorated Afghanistan War veteran and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva speaks about honor and accountability on the battlefield and in the stadium. His talk March 13, 2019 was part of the Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Courageous Leadership series.

Alejandro speaks at the U.S. Air Force Academy

Mr. Alejandro Villanueva, NFL Player and Former Army Ranger, shares his personal story of serving his nation and pursuing a career in the National Football League. After graduating from West Point in 2010, he served as a Captain in the Army Rangers, where he was decorated with a Bronze Star for valor.