The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday that they have signed defensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva to a rookie free agent contract.
The 6-foot-9, 277-pound Villanueva, a West Point grad, spent the last four years as an active member of the U.S. Army, serving a total of three tours in Afghanistan.
Villanueva last played football in 2009 for Army as a wide receiver. That year he served as the Black Knights offensive captain and led the team in catches (34), yards (522) and touchdowns (5).
Villanueva graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.
According to the team’s official website, Villanueva has earned the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Ranger Tab, the Parachutist Badge, the Bronze Star Medal for overseas service, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Expert Infantryman’s Badge.
While serving with the 10th Mountain Division, Villanueva deployed to Afghanistan as a Rifle Platoon Leader. During his first deployment, he earned a Bronze Star Medal for Valor for moving forward under enemy fire to pull his wounded Soldiers from their isolated position.