Heroic Former NFL Player Alejandro Villanueva Talks Leadership at West Point

Due to his successful NFL career, former USMA grad Alejandro Villanueva is one of the most visible examples of the character traits that are strengthened at West Point. Every March 16th, cadets, officers, and soldiers gather at the Cadet Mess Hall to celebrate the principles they have learned by commemorating Founders Day.


Particularly on this day, West Point staff and graduates speak on behalf of the academy's founding. This year, it was time for Villanueva, a USMA Class of 2010 graduate. He, took the stage and shared his knowledge with the cadets as they commemorated the founding of West Point.


“Traditions fall under the reality of all truths,ˮ said Villanueva. “And tonight, we gathered to celebrate the anniversary of this beloved institution, a cornerstone of our nation’s history.ˮ


Waves of applause and cheers reverberated throughout the mess hall as cadets digested Villanueva's wise advice on what it means to represent the Army and leave a lasting impression on the Long Gray Line.


“The Army expects more out of you and in order to make sure that law holds true, you will be reminded of the failures and mistakes of those whoʼve gone before you,ˮ Villanueva continued. “Embrace the pressure and responsibility and leverage your network of friendships. That will help you navigate through tough challenges.ˮ


As the celebration came to a close, everyone stood and sang the Alma Mater in praise of these famous halls, which have nurtured and cultivated hundreds of leaders, both in and out of the military, who have left their mark on history.


“Being a leader can be very lonely sometimes. The nature of your profession will require tremendous valor and huge sacrifices. Your faith can help you bring peace in the midst of chaos,ˮ Villanueva concluded. “And, lastly, before you graduate, understand what it means to be an American, for when the time comes to face your enemy, your love for one another will become your enemy’s greatest fear.”


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