No Steelers were present for the national anthem except for former Army Ranger LT Alejandro Villanueva stood near the tunnel.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS Sports sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl why his team will remain in the locker room during the National Anthem, via NFL.com:
“You know, these are very divisive times for our country and for us as a football team it’s about us remaining solid. We’re not going to be divided by anything said by anyone. … “[I told our players] if you feel the need to do anything I’m going to be supportive of that — as Americans you have that right. But whatever we do we’re going to do 100 percent, we’re going to do together. We’re not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.”