Who is Alwyn Cashe? Steelers fans are curious after Alejandro Villanueva had the name on his helmet while the rest of the team honoured Antwon Rose Jr.

Nothing we do can bring back those we have lost. However, we can do our best to honour those whose absence is felt.

Years may pass, but important memories do not fade.

We can pay our respects to the deceased quietly and in our own suitable ways. However, there’s no denying that it’s always worth cherishing when celebrities take the time to unveil a grand gesture, using their platform to remember those who have fallen.

This has recently been the case with the American Football team the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As highlighted by the Steelers, the National Football League (NFL) has allowed players to honour victims of systemic racism with helmet decals.

Inevitably, the decision has been praised and the decision for the Steelers to take it one further has attracted attention recently.

However, more spotlight has arguably been on Alejandro Villanueva than other members of the team.

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Alejandro Villanueva’s helmet explained

During the Steelers game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Monday, September 15th 2020, Alejandro Villanueva honoured Alwyn Cashe by having the man’s name on the back of his helmet.

All other members of the team displayed the name of Antwon Rose Jr. on theirs.

As noted by PBS, Antwon was a 17-year-old African American who was fatally shot in East Pittsburgh on June 19th 2018. The source includes that he was a passenger in a car which police suspected was involved in an earlier shooting.

While the driver was being handcuffed, Antwon fled and was shot by East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld and later died after being rushed to McKeesport Hospital.

The Steelers have confirmed that Antwon’s name will remain on the team attire for the rest of the 2020 season, so some are surprised that Alejandro has chosen to directly honour somebody else instead.

So, who is the man that Alejandro is honouring?

Who is Alwyn Cashe?

  • Alwyn Cashe was a United States Army Non-Commissioned Officer. He was of Company A, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division and died on November 8th 2005 at the age of 35.

As noted by the Military Times, he passed away at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas after an explosive device detonated near his vehicle while he was on patrol in Samarra, Iraq.

The previous source includes that his family said while badly burned, Alwyn attempted to rescue other soldiers by going back into the Bradley Fighting Vehicle

The Military Times also includes word from his sister, who reminisced: “I told him, ‘Don’t go over there playing a hero. You learn how to duck and come home’. He said, ‘I’m doing the job I was trained to do. I have to take care of my boys’.”

He joined the Army after graduating Oviedo High in 1988 and fought in the first Gulf War before later serving in Iraq following the 2003 invasion.

Discussion generates on Twitter

A number of people have praised Alejandro’s decision to honour Alwyn Cashe over on Twitter.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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