Some might know him from his USAA commercials. Pittsburgh Steelers fans know him as one of the coolest stories around as a former tight end at West Point who served three tours of duty in Afghanistan, went to the Philadelphia Eagles as a defensive tackle and was turned into a starting offensive tackle with the Steelers.
If Disney isn’t listening to this story about a potential movie pitch, someone needs to look into it.
While Villanueva’s story is amazing, his reputation as just a good human being continues to grow with him reportedly giving up his seat on an overbooked flight, per KDKA in Pittsburgh.
Was just told Steelers OL Al Villanueva gave up his seats at airport on overbooked flight to Spain so Pine Richland kids could go on trip— Rich Walsh KDKA (@RichieWalsh) April 8, 2017
Also per KDKA:
Ronald Hudak says his daughter Maddie was headed to Spain on Pine-Richland High School school trip, when the group found out their connecting flight from Boston to Spain was overbooked.
Villanueva reportedly gave up his seat so the kids could continue on their trip. He was apparently offered compensation, but refused it.
“We were very appreciative!” Hudak wrote.
When the majority of stories surrounding the NFL and their players seems to be related to drugs, violence or scandals, people like Villanueva deserve publicity for the good deeds many of these players accomplish on a daily basis.
Brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘Burgh Proud.