Ali Villanueva named to Pro Bowl

Ali Villanueva’s NFL story added another amazing chapter Tuesday.

Villanueva, a 2009 Army football captain and Army Ranger, who served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, was voted into the Pro Bowl as a starter for the AFC. The Steelers left tackle is the first West Point graduate to receive Pro Bowl recognition since Bob Mischak in 1962. According to his Army Sports Hall Fame biography, Mischak was a Pro Bowl selection in 1961 and 1962 as a member of the New York Titans.

The 6-foot-9, 320-pound Villanueva was one of eight Steelers named to the Pro Bowl, joining Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, Chris Boswell, Ryan Shazier and fellow offensive linemen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey. Signed as a free agent by the Steelers in 2014, Villanueva has started all 14 games for Pittsburgh this season. Villanueva shifted from tackle to wide receiver in his senior season at Army and led the team in receptions (34), receiving yards (522) and receiving touchdowns (5).

The Pro Bowl will be held on Jan. 28 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

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