Anti-American national anthem protests spread like wildfire across the NFL this weekend.

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin supported the protests.

But he found himself in big trouble after he criticized a veteran.

Alejandro Villanueva is the Steelers offensive tackle.

He is a West Point graduate who served three tours in Afghanistan and earned a spot on the roster after impressing Coach Mike Tomlin during a preseason game when he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Villanueva is the poster child for patriotism and heroism in the NFL at a time when the league is consumed with spitting on the memory of veterans by showcasing how their players believe America is a horrible and racist country.

As part of the league-wide protests on Sunday, the Steelers opted not to take the field for the playing of the national anthem

But Villanueva – who fought for the flag and what it represents – was the lone Steeler who showed his pride for America.

Villanueva stood at attention with his hand over his heart and honored his country, those he served with, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that spoiled athletes could have the freedom to earn millions in playing a child’s game.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was furious that Villanueva chose to stand for the anthem and defied his teammates who wanted to show solidarity with anti-American protesters.

Fox News reports:

A former Army Ranger, Villanueva was the only Steeler to break from the team’s orders and come out of the tunnel Sunday in Chicago to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Speaking after his team’s 23-17 loss to the Bears, Tomlin appeared to take a swipe at the Bronze Star recipient’s decision.

“Like I said, I was looking for 100 percent participation, we were gonna be respectful of our football team,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin told the media that, prior to kickoff Sunday, the Steelers held a team meeting and decided, though not unanimously, to not come out of the locker room for the national anthem. Tomlin added the intent was to have his team focus on the game and not President Trump’s comments blasting players who chose to protest during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

According to Tomlin, respect for anti-American protesters trumps a veteran’s respect for the American flag.

The anthem protesters claimed their disrespectful displays were about their First Amendment rights to freely express themselves.

But they forgot that First Amendment rights also extend to those who want to honor America.