To dispute JuJu Smith-Schuster learned from Antonio Brown is a sarcasm relating to the understudy of the NFL’s most prolific cross-catcher and social-media huge title of this decade.
That Smith-Schuster embraces the chance to exchange Brown because the Pittsburgh Steelers’ top player in both regards is totally as vital as how extraordinary he learned the dos and don’ts.
In particular the don’ts.
That brings me to 1 in every of my licensed quotes, attributed to the legendary pool hustler Minnesota Fats:I learned everything I do know from idiots. You don’t make what they make. It’s computerized.
The Steelers make hope Smith-Schuster learned the exemplary work ethic exhibited by Brown to continue bettering his sport. They don’t need him to became so demonstrative in traumatic the ball that he turns correct into a sideline distraction.
The Steelers make need Smith-Schuster to give the production lost by trading Brown to the Oakland Raiders. What they don’t need is for Smith-Schuster to factor in he’s better than the crew.
“As a young dude, I learned a lot,” Smith-Schuster said of Brown. “Honestly, I continuously told myself I by no methodology are desirous to be the center of attention for causing complications or any disorders for the organization.”
To this level, Smith-Schuster has shown he likes to be the center of attention. Mostly, it’s for having relaxing off the field.
From the stumble on his stolen bicycle and quest to rating his driver’s license, from trick-or-treating in his football uniform to promoting a water-balloon battle to attending the Chartiers Valley hobble, JuJu has introduced a youthful exuberance to the Steelers and became a must-apply on Twitter and Instagram.
Dependable love AB, excluding different.
“He’s uncommon. He’s special. He embraces it. He’s somewhat of bit different in a colossal map, in a proper map,” Steelers receivers coach Darryl Drake said of Smith-Schuster.
“I’ve had some guys who had an extent of that roughly spirit, nonetheless … he’s by some distance the category. He’s at the cease of that with how he approaches things, how he approaches life. He genuinely has an incredible standpoint, the beautiful standpoint. He goes out, and he has relaxing within the community. He loves kids. He loves people, and that’s what makes him special. He’s a decided man. He genuinely is.”
The same may well well per chance also were said for Brown old to his superstardom spun out of retain a watch on and went to his head.
Smith-Schuster has better statistics thru his first two seasons — 169 catches for 2,343 yards and 14 touchdowns — than Brown had thru his first three (151 for 2,062 yards and seven touchdowns). Nevertheless Brown averaged 114 catches for 1,524 yards and eleven touchdowns over the last six seasons and led the league with 15 touchdowns final season.
Now, Smith-Schuster has to expose he may well well per chance also additionally be special without the serve of having Brown drawing double groups from defenses on the opposite aspect of the field. Smith-Schuster is tremendous ample to know he can’t make it by myself.
“It’s not beautiful one man. There’s continuously room to reinforce. I’m by no methodology happy,” Smith-Schuster said. “It’s roughly love what we were doing with AB, and I got here in and no-one knew about me and I made my plays. I’m tremendous enraged. Honestly, the opponents, I’m ready for all of that and the doubling, too.”
Smith-Schuster is following within the footsteps of Brown nonetheless at an accelerated tempo. Already, old to his zero.33 season, he’s a Professional Bowl player known by his nickname and is proving his recognition isn’t confined to Sundays at Heinz Field.
That’s a message Smith-Schuster wished to send to fans, that players exhibiting and sharing their persona is now the NFL norm.
“To all the kids available, all people needs to know that you don’t continuously should always gentle be all about football or your sport,” Smith-Schuster said. “Must you’re ready to exit, rating touchdowns, originate plays, originate interceptions, (it is most likely you’ll also) gentle exit and private a proper time, love YouTube, make all this relaxing stuff. You don’t favor to be one-dimensional.”
As prolonged because the off-field persona doesn’t break the on-field product.
If JuJu has learned the relaxation from idiots, that should always gentle be computerized.
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Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Overview workers writer. You may well well contact Kevin by e mail at [email protected]or thru Twitter .