While Villanueva was an active man of the military, he was awarded many medals, including the Bronze Star Medal for valor, a National Defense Service medal, a NATO medal, an Expert Infantryman's badge, and many other medals. Villanueva began his active duty in May 2010 as a lieutenant, but was recently promoted to captain before his last active tour.
It takes an incredibly brave man to turn down an NFL future to serve his country. Villanueva did just that back in 2010. It is great to see someone who sacrificed so much for his country finally get rewarded by realizing his dreams of becoming an NFL player. Villanueva is a great addition to a Philadelphia offense and should be able to impact the offense from day one.
By: Dan Goggin
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