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Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva Stars In New Ad Campaign For USAA

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Military financial services company USAA is rolling out a new ad campaign featuring Steelers OT Alejandro Villanueva .   The ad also stars Villanueva's wife and young son, depicting his transition as an Army Ranger to an NFLer. USAA will premiere the ad on TV during Sunday's slate of NFL games...

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Cincy Plans 'Varsity Village'

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Down The Stretch It Goes

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NFL Ratings Good For Partners

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Facility Notes

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Does VC's Injury Hurt Launch?

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