Juju Smith-Schuster is one American footballer who has risen to become a force to reckon with in the National Football League (NFL). This star has never allowed the ugly circumstances surrounding his birth to stop his shine and rise to prominence and, there is no doubt he’ll meet the tough challenge of becoming one of the top receivers in NFL history.
The footballer currently represents the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL as a return specialist and wide receiver after he was drafted as the 62nd overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. On May 17 of the same year, he signed a four-year contract worth $4.19 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The deal also came with a signing bonus of $1.19 million and $1.84 million guaranteed.
Apart from being a phenomenal footballer, JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an Instagram star. He owns a flourishing YouTube channel that shares daily life videos and has over 500,000 subscribers. As of 2017, his career statistics at NFL is detailed as follows – Receptions: 58, Total return yards: 240, Receiving yards: 917, Return touchdowns: 1, Receiving touchdowns: 7, and Yards per Reception: 15.8.
Things To Know About JuJu Smith-Schuster of NFL
Age and Early Life
The professional wide receiver was born on the 22nd day of November 1996, in Long Beach, California. He was born as the second eldest of his mother’s children. His parents divorced when Juju was four years, after which his mother, Sammy Toa Schuster, met and married Lawrence Schuster two years later. His stepfather would adopt John as his own child and began to teach him invaluable lessons about life and football.
Smith-Schuster graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California, where he represented the Jackrabbits football team in fixtures as a safety and wide receiver. He left Long Beach with an impressive result and career ranking. The footballer was rated the 24th-best player overall and the second-best safety in his class.
John had his college education at the University of Southern California (USC), where he continued his football career under the guidance of Steve Sarkisian, who was the head coach of the time. When Schuster is not on the field, he is somewhere riding a bike or playing video games.
Ever since the footballer became a rookie sensation, his name has left many of his fans wondering what his real name is and from where he actually got his professional name. After digging deep, we found out that the footballer received a simpler name at birth but things changed after he clocked 6 months. According to records, his real name is John Smith, however, his aunt was the first person that called him “JuJu” after an initial attempt to endear him as “John John” failed.
Talking about his surname, the footballer took up the name Smith-Schuster when he turned 18 years. He initially tried to adopt the name but his stepfather refused and insisted that he can only do when he turns 18. As the footballer would always say, the name “JuJu” is not some sort of Hollywood hype but a nickname his aunt bestowed upon him as a special child.
Smith-Schuster is still single and probably searching for the right girl to spend his life with. Despite his height and fame in the sports community, the footballer seems to be very much focused on his career than pleasure – he has no documented relationship timeline with women but hopefully, he will get to meet his queen some day in the near future and we are all ready to share with you who the lucky girl will be.
Salary and Net Worth
JuJu Smith-Schuster earns an annual salary of $1 million and has an estimated net worth of $4 million. His 2018 salary cap charge is put at $953,586 while his team cap and cash payout for the same year are pegged at 0.53% and $655,717 respectively. The footballer’s total contract value is said to be $4,195,778 while his annual contract value is $1,048,945. As outlined by his team, Juju’s fully guaranteed money is $1,984,47.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch, which is equivalent to 1.85 in metric units. His height is complemented by his weight of 98 kilograms (215 lb). Among other factors, his sturdiness is regarded as a big advantage for his team.