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    Alejandro Villanueva earns MBA from Carnegie Mellon

    Alejandro Villanueva earns MBA from Carnegie Mellon
    By Charean Williams | Jun 7, 2019, 6:35 PM EDT

    Alejandro Villanueva thought he was in the Not For Long league. He was about to turn 27, had never played a regular-season game and had moved to the offensive line from defensive tackle.

    So Villanueva, a former Army Ranger with three tours of duty in Afghanistan, enrolled in the Tepper School of Business’ part-time, on-campus MBA program in the fall of 2015.

    “I never thought I was going to make it in the NFL. The odds in the NFL to make it aren’t very good,” Villanueva said, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com. “I felt that the reason why I was here was so I could afford to go to business school.”

    He attended three hours of evening classes at Carnegie Mellon’s Pittsburgh campus twice a week. It took him four years to earn his degree, one more year than most students need, but Villanueva graduated last week with his Master’s.

    In between, he earned the Steelers’ starting left tackle job, made over $15 million, went to two Pro Bowls and started a family.

    “It was a little crazy, but it all becomes normalized,” Villanueva said. “One of the biggest things I learned at West Point was time management. They are always going to put more on your plate than what you can handle.”

    Now that he doesn’t need a fallback plan, Villanueva has one. He now is considering going to technical school to learn how to build engines.
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    This is why I have zero sympathy for athletes who complain. AV had it tougher in college, AV had it tougher in the Army/Afghanistan and AV took on a life challenge while playing in the NFL. He succeeded at all the above and didn't complain or play the victim.

    AV took charge of his life and committed to succeeding. One of my all time favorite Steelers not because of the football player he is, but because of the man he is who happens to play football.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviedo View Post
    This is why I have zero sympathy for athletes who complain. AV had it tougher in college, AV had it tougher in the Army/Afghanistan and AV took on a life challenge while playing in the NFL. He succeeded at all the above and didn't complain or play the victim.

    AV took charge of his life and committed to succeeding. One of my all time favorite Steelers not because of the football player he is, but because of the man he is who happens to play football.
    Amen...Hard NOT to cheer for a guy like that.....

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    AV seems to be the one Steeler player that fans of other teams hold in high regard which is a testament to the man himself.

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    I'm so tired about these entitled, thug athletes who are always running around getting into trouble.

    I didn't actually read the article but I just assumed......

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    AV seems to be the one Steeler player that fans of other teams hold in high regard which is a testament to the man himself.
    Doubt the kneelers could give a ****.....

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    Great man. Which is much more important than how good he might be at football.

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    MBA from CMU... my alma mater.
    It's a tough school.

    Talk about doing it the hard way..when he could have gotten an online degree.

    Huge respect for AV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthCoast View Post
    MBA from CMU... my alma mater.
    It's a tough school.

    Talk about doing it the hard way..when he could have gotten an online degree.

    Huge respect for AV.
    Not sure I could ever do an online degree and feel like I got a quality education.
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