Alejandro Villanueva didn’t go far after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now a Baltimore Raven, the 32-year-old NFL vet is speaking out.
And, for the most part, he only had good things to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Villanueva made his name in the league in black and gold, starting 90 games from 2014 to 2020. However, that doesn’t mean everything was fine and dandy.
In a recent video interview for his new team, Villanueva basically made it clear as such. He was asked about the differences between the two teams from his perspective as an offensive lineman.
“I’m assuming it’s not as much fun for the receivers because they’re not getting all of the catches,” Villanueva said. “They’re making the Tik Toks and they’re having fun on their social media.”
He doesn’t specify a receiver, but when one thinks of Tik Tok and NFL wide receivers, Juju Smith-Schuster has to come to mind. The talented but outspoken receiver was the subject of much chatter due to his Tik Tok videos and on-logo dancing.
While we’d like to give Villanueva the benefit of the doubt, it’s hard to tip-toe around that one. Granted, he is also talking about the Ravens receivers in the video, so perhaps he just thinks most WRs are similar to Juju.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers OL Alejandro Villanueva Other Comments on Team
As mentioned, the rest of what Villanueva had to say was fairly positive. After all, this is a guy that had made quite a bit of money and been a key part of the team for years.
His play led to him earning a two-year, $14 million deal with the Ravens. But although he’s with a AFC North rival, he’s got nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Pittsburgh has always been a class act organization,” he said. “They let me know that I was not coming back to the team very shortly after the season.”
Alongside his comments looking back, Villanueva also talked about moving forward. Specifically, what it will be like protecting a former NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson.
“I don’t think there is a doubt in anyone’s minds that when you see Lamar Jackson play,” Villanueva said. “You want to do everything for him, protect him and continue to see the magic that he displays on the field.”
Considering the Ravens traded a franchise tackle in Orlando Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs, Villanueva will need to execute right away.