Who Is JuJu Smith-Schuster?
JuJu Smith-Schuster (born John Sherman “Juju” Smith-Schuster) is a prominent American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the NFL (National Football League). He played college football at USC and was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He won the Super Bowl LVII during the 2022 season during his only season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Juju is the holder of several NFL records, including being the youngest player to reach 2,500 career receiving yards and the first player to have two offensive touchdowns of at least 97 yards. Moreover, he holds several Steelers franchise records. Besides playing, he is also known for his social media presence and affinity for TikTok. As a result, he has earned the nickname TikTok Boy. In 2019, he was ranked as one of the NFL’s most marketable players by Sports Business Daily.
How Old Is JuJu Smith-Schuster?
Smith-Schuster is 26 years old as of October 2023, having been born on November 22, 1996, in Long Beach, California, U.S.A. JuJu Smith-Schuster shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Baby Ariel, Hailey Bieber, Scarlett Johansson, Bruce (Trey) Nelson, Cody Ko, and many more.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Family
Who are JuJu Smith-Schuster Parents?
Smith-Schuster was born to Sammy Schuster (Mother) but his biological father is not known. He has a stepfather by the name of Lawrence Schuster. His mother met Lawrence when JuJu was four years old.
Does JuJu Smith-Schuster have Siblings?
Smith-Schuster has six siblings. A biological sister named So’omalo, and five siblings from his union with his mother and stepfather, namely; Lawson, Oilau, Salaia, Pua, and Teuila. He is the second eldest of the seven siblings.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Education
Smith-Schuster received his high school education at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. After high school, he attended The University of Southern California.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Wife
On his love life matters, JuJu Smith-Schuster is seen as a person who hates drama and loves his privacy. JuJu has managed to keep his marriage/dating life low-key and leave many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is any news regarding this matter, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Kids
Smith-Schuster does not have any kids as of October 2023. In case there is new news regarding this matter, we shall update it here as soon as possible.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Height – Measurements
Adding to his well-built body is a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85m) and a weight of 98kg (216 lbs).
JuJu Smith-Schuster Career
JuJu Smith-Schuster Early Career
He began playing football at the eight of eight. In 2012, he changed his name in football listings from John to JuJu. In his youth, he was coached by Snoop Dogg. While attending Long Beach Polytechnic High School, he played wide receiver and safety for the school’s Jackrabbits football team. Rivals.com rated him as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the second-best wide receiver in his class and the 24th-best overall player. Initially, he decided to attend Oregon but then announced that he would attend the University of Southern California to play college football under then-head coach Steve Sarkisian.
JuJu Smith-Schuster College Career
As a true freshman in 2014, earned immediate playing time. In his first career game, he had four receptions for 123 yards against Fresno State in the 52-13 victory. In another against the Washington State Cougars, he had six receptions for 74 yards and three touchdowns in the 44-17 victory. He finished his freshman season with 54 receptions for 724 yards and five touchdowns.
In 2015 as a sophomore, he played 14 games with a career-high 1,454 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. The following year as a junior, the Trojans used Juju less. He played in 13 games with 914 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. That same year, he helped the Trojans to a victory in the Rose Bowl over the Penn State Nittany Lions. After the 2016 season, he announced on Twitter that he had decided to forgo his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft before signing with sports agency Roc Nation.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Professional Career
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pittsburgh Steelers
He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. This made him the youngest player selected in the 2017 Draft and was the 13th USC wide receiver drafted in the last years.
JuJu Smith-Schuster 2017 Season
The Steelers signed him to a four-year, $4.19 million contract with $1.84 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $1.19 million on May 17, 2017. In order to be the Steelers’ third option at wide receiver, he had to compete with Sammie Coates, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers, Marcus Tucker, and Justin Hunter entering training camp. He made his NFL debut in the Steelers’ season-opening victory over the Cleveland Browns. In that game, he was credited with his first career start as a kick returner, returning one kick for four yards.
Making his debut made him the youngest player in the NFL. He recorded his first career reception and caught his first career touchdown in week 2 on a four-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers defeated the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 26-9. Because of his performance in week 8, he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. However, he was suspended on December 5 for one game after delivering a blindsided block to Cincinnati Bengals’ linebacker Vontaze Burfict in week 13. He finished the season with 58 receptions for 917 yards and seven touchdowns.
JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 2018 season
The Steelers promoted quarterback coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator on January 18, 2018. This was after they opted not to renew former offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s contract. JuJu entered the training camp as the starting wide receiver after the Steelers traded Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He started his NFL season strong with nine receptions for 116 receiving yards in a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns.
He followed this with a career-high 13 receptions for 121 receiving yards and a touchdown in a 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. In week 3, he recorded nine receptions for 116 yards in the 30-27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In Week 15, he finished with 115 receiving yards as the Steelers lost 28-31 to the New Orleans Saints. His teammates voted JuJu team MVP for the 2018 season, finishing the season with a team-high 111 receptions and 1,426 yards.
JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 2019 season
Before the start of the season, the Steelers traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders. This made JuJu the team’s number-one wide receiver. He caught six passes for 78 yards in week 1 against the New England Patriots in the 33-3 loss. The following week, he caught five passes for 84 yards as the Steelers lost 28-26 to the Seattle Seahawks. In week 8, he caught five passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the 27-14 win against the Miami Dolphins.
This was his first 100-yard receiving game of the season. In week 11, he was knocked out after cornerback Greedy Williams delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on him against the Cleveland Browns. As a result of the injury, he missed the last two games. Also, he suffered a knee injury in the Cleveland game. He finished the 2019 season with a career-low 552 yards and three touchdowns on 42 catches.
JuJu Smith-Schuster 2020 season
He entered the 2020 season off strong with six receptions for 69 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the 26-16 victory over the New York Giants. He went on and recorded six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown in week 9 during the 24-19 win against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. In Week 16, he recorded 9 catches, including the 25-yard game-winning touchdown during the 28-24 win against the Indianapolis Colts.
JuJu Smith-Schuster 2021 season
On March 19, 2021, he re-signed with the Steelers on a one-year, $8 million contract. Two weeks before the Steelers’ matchup against the Buffalo Bills in week 1 in August 2021, he was the subject of controversy. This was after being filmed attempting the viral milk crate challenge. In week 5, he suffered a severe shoulder injury during a win over the Denver Broncos. On October 16, he was placed on the injured reserve.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Kansas City Chiefs
On March 20, 2022, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The contract was for one year worth a maximum of $10.75 million. On October 16, 2022, he scored his first touchdown for the Chiefs in a 20-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He finished the 2022 season with 78 receptions for 933 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns. In Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught seven passes for 53 yards in the 38-35 victory.
JuJu Smith-Schuster New England Patriots
On March 17, 2023, he signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the New England Patriots.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Digital Media
He has built a widely-viewed presence on many social media including TikTok, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch. He has used Twitch to stream himself playing games including Fortnite and Call of Duty: WWII. In 2018, he participated in Ninja’s record-breaking Fortnite stream including Drake and Travis Scott. Being injured in the 2019 season, he participated in a live Thursday Night Football stream with TimThe Tatman for which he was paid $100,000. He announced in February 2018 a partnership with the popular gaming group FaZe Clan to sell merchandise. In October 2020, he announced that he would own a new esports team called Team Diverge.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Salary
Smith-Schuster earns an annual basic salary of $8.5 million working as a football wide receiver.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Net Worth
JuJu boasts a net worth of $14 million. He has accumulated his wealth through his career as an American Football Wide Receiver.