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 in their next game against the Baltimore Ravens.

CBS Pittsburgh reports:

“After facing backlash about standing in the tunnel during the national anthem last Sunday, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey says the team will stand this Sunday.

“I promise you one thing, this week we will all be standing out there for the national anthem. Trust me,” Pouncey said Wednesday.

Pouncey says he expects the entire team to be on the field for the anthem.

“As far as I know it’s 100 percent participation,” Pouncey told reporters. “We love this country. It’s America. We know there are injustice in this world, but to me, personally, football is football and that’s what we need to approach it as…

… Pouncey says the whole thing was a big misunderstanding.

“I promise you this week that we’ll all be standing out there for the national anthem. Trust me. We respect our flag, and we respect our military and everything that is a part of it,” he said.

The Steelers decision didn’t sit well with some Steelers fans who took to social media to voice their outrage, and even burn team merchandise.

“I think this week we are going to show that. We are sorry for all of our fans who are upset about the things that went down, and I think we’ll come together and all of this will be out the window,” Pouncey said.”

NFL teams are quickly realizing their flag protest has enraged their fan base and are now scrambling to find a face-saving way to retreat from their protests.

The Denver Broncos players put out a statement saying they too would stand together for the anthem.

The Denver Post reports:

“Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity,” the players said. “It was an emotional time for everyone, including the fans who support us each and every week. As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voice needed to be heard loud and clear.

“We may have different values and beliefs, but there’s one thing we all agree on: We’re a team and we stand together — no matter how divisive some comments and issues can be, nothing should ever get in the way of that. Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together.”

Other teams joining the Broncos and Steelers in standing for the anthem are the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, and Green Bay Packers.

We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.