George McCaskey

After 'divisive rhetoric,' Bears, Steelers say actions during national anthem show unity

After 'divisive rhetoric,' Bears, Steelers say actions during national anthem show unity

As a giant American flag was unfurled across midfield Sunday at Soldier Field, Bears players lined up shoulder to shoulder on the sideline, many of them linking arms.

Across the field, the Steelers sideline was nearly empty.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and his assistants stood together at attention not far from a handful of officials. Left tackle Alejandro Villanueva towered in the Steelers' entrance to the field, his helmet under his arm and his hand over his heart.

The rest of the Steelers remained out of sight in the locker room or tunnel, a decision the players made together Saturday after President Donald Trump on Friday night criticized players who have protested...

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