Juju Smith-Schuster is an American footballer who has risen to become a force to be reckoned with in the National Football League (NFL). This star has never allowed the ugly circumstances of his birth to tarnish his glory and his rise to the forefront, and there is no doubt that he will rise to the difficult 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 finishing 62nd overall in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. On May 17 of the same year, he signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers worth $4.19 million. The contract also included a signing bonus of $1.19 million and a $1.84 million guarantee.
Apart from being a phenomenal footballer, JuJu Smith-Schuster is also an Instagram star. He owns a thriving Youtube channel that shows videos of everyday life and has over 500,000 subscribers. Beginning in 2017, his career statistics in the NFL are broken down as follows – receptions: 58, total return yards: 240, reception yards: 917, return touchdowns: 1, reception touchdowns: 7, and reception 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 November 22, 1996, in Long Beach, California. He was born as the second oldest of his mother’s children. His parents divorced when Juju was four years old, whereupon his mother, Sammy Toa Schuster, met Lawrence Schuster and married two years later. His stepfather adopted John as his own child and began teaching 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 soccer team at the games as a safety and wide receiver. He left Long Beach with an impressive score and career ranking. The footballer was ranked 24th best player overall and second-best safety player in his class.
John had completed his college education at the University of Southern California (USC) where he continued his football career under the guidance of Steve Sarkisian, the head coach at the time. When Schuster is not on the field, he is somewhere riding his bike or playing video games.
Since the soccer player has become a sensation for newcomers, many of his fans wonder what his real name is and where he actually got his professional name from. After digging deep, we found out that the soccer player was given a simpler name at birth, but things changed after he was 6 months old. According to the records, his real name is John Smith, but his aunt was the first person to call him “JuJu” after a first attempt to promote him as “John-John” failed.
As for his last name, the footballer took the name Smith-Schuster when he turned 18. He first tried to take the name, but his stepfather refused and insisted that he could not do so until he turned 18. As the footballer always said, the name “JuJu” is not some kind of Hollywood hype, but a nickname given to him by his aunt as a special child.
Smith-Schuster is still single and probably looking for the right girl to spend his life with. Despite his greatness and fame in the sports world, the footballer seems to focus more on his career than his pleasure – he has no documented relationship timeline with women, but hopefully one day in the near future he will meet his queen and we are all ready to share with you who the lucky girl will be.
Salary and Net Worth
JuJu Smith shoemaker earns an annual salary of $1 million and has an estimated net worth of $4 million. His salary cap for 2018 is estimated at $953,586, while his team cap and cash payout for the same year are set at 0.53% and $655,717, respectively. The total contract value of the footballer is estimated at $4,195,778, while his annual contract value is $1,048,945. As stated by his team, Juju’s fully guaranteed money is $1,984.47.
The wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch, which in metric units equals 1.85. Its height is complemented by its weight of 98 kilograms (215 lb). Among other factors, its robustness is considered a great advantage for his team.