U.S. Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva has spent the last four years of his life serving his country with three tours in Afghanistan. He now looks to serve the Philadelphia Eagles as the team has signed him to a free agent contract to get a closer look at the 6’9″, 277-pound football talent.
Villanueva started at left tackle during his junior year at West Point, then moved to wide receiver in his senior year. He had five touchdowns with the Black Knights this year, but is being looked at by the Eagles as a potential defensive lineman, a position he also has experience in from his college days.
Before his four years served, Villanueva spent some time with the Bengals and also took part in the Super Regional Combine earlier this year. He told Albert Breer of NFL Network that he’ll head back to the Army for another tour if he doesn’t land on an NFL roster.
“The four years I’ve had in the Army have been the best four years you could ask for,” said Villanueva. “The guys I served with … above me and under me … were phenomenal guys. They were good experiences that made me the man I am today. But now, I see this as a win-win situation. Obviously, I’m trying to get to a team and contribute. But if I can’t, then I can’t wait to get back to the Army and serve in the same manner that I have.”
During his four years in the military, Villenueva received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Ranger Tab, and many other commendations during his service. He now embarks on a journey to earn some impressive accolades in the NFL. I’m sure he’ll have an entire nation rooting him on.