The Philadelphia Eagles announced
on Monday that they have signed Alejandro Villanueva who spent the last four years as an active member of the U.S. Army, serving a total of three tours in Afghanistan. He most recently served as a U.S. Army Ranger.
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed defensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva to a rookie free agent contract. The 6-foot-9, 277-pound Villanueva spent the last four years as an active member of the U.S. Army, serving a total of three tours in Afghanistan. He was most recently promoted to Captain earlier this month. Villanueva has earned many honors for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star Medal for overseas service, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
Villanueva played on the offensive and defensive lines and at receiver during his four-year career at Army. He last played football in 2009 for Army and led the team in receptions (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (five).