John Sherman “JuJu” Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers expressed his delight on being named to play for the 2019 Pro Bowl. This will be his first appearance in the all-star football game.
On Smith-Schuster’s official Twitter page, the six-foot-one athlete, who played college football for the University of Southern California, described the event as a “blessing.”
Moreover, he said that it had been his aspiration to play in the all-star competition. Hence, it is a tremendous privilege to receive the recognition, the 22-year-old football wide receiver remarked.
Smith-Schuster will be playing in the Pro Bowl on January 27, 2019. It will be held at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
With this NFL season merely his second, Smith-Schuster led the Pittsburgh Steelers and concluded it ranking second in the American Football Conference (AFC) with a team-high 111 receptions and 1,426 yards.
He played eight football matches with approximately 100 receiving yards. Smith-Schuster was hailed as his team’s Most Valuable Player as well.
The Long Beach, California-born football player is tied for sixth in the National Football League (NFL).
With 1,439 yards from scrimmage, Smith-Schuster ranked 12th in the NFL and fifth in the AFC.
On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that because of a knee injury, Smith-Schuster’s teammate, wide receiver Antonio Brown, will not be able to participate in the Pro Bowl.
This event opens the opportunity for Smith-Schuster to play in his replacement.
Brown was also not able to play for the December 30 season finale of his team against the Cincinnati Bengals due to the reported concussion.
Pittsburgh Steelers was victorious against the Bengals, 16-13. At the Pro Bowl, Smith-Schuster will be playing together with the other five Pittsburgh Steelers members.
Among them are offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, center Maurkice Pouncey, and running back James Conner.
Football guard David DeCastro and defensive end Cameron Heyward will be participating in the event as well.