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Steelers star gives inspirational talk to Aquinas Academy students

| Monday, March 7, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva gave an inspirational talk at Aquinas Academy about reaching for your goals.
Pittsburgh Steeler Alejandro Villanueva gave an inspirational talk at Aquinas Academy about reaching for your goals.

Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alejandro Villanueva spoke at Aquinas Academy last week.

Villanueva is a West Point graduate who did three tours of duty in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger Lieutenant. After four years, he decided to pursue his dreams of playing football in the NFL.

After failing to make the Philadelphia Eagles, Mike Tomlin signed him to try out for the Steelers. He was impressed with this 6-foot-9 man who was confidently saluting during the national anthem at a preseason game against the Eagles.

The Steelers took a chance on him and he has blossomed into a star on the rise for the black and gold.

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