JuJu Smith-Schuster is an American football player. Born John Sherman Smith-Schuster, he played at the University of Southern California for three seasons before deciding to not attend his senior year and instead go pro. JuJu was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2017 NFL draft, 62nd overall in the second round. Smith-Schuster now plays as a wide receiver with the Steelers under a four-year, $4.19 million dollar contract.
JuJu was born on November 22, 1996 in Long Beach, California. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
JuJu also has a second career starting to take off as a YouTube video game channel influencer. He now has 500,000 subscribers to his channel, and streams himself playing video games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty. He is also an honorary member of the FaZe Clan. (1)
JuJu is a practicing Christian along with his family. The Smith-Schuster’s church is a First Samoan Full Gospel Pentecostal called Temple of Hope in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“I’m a very strong Christian man,” JuJu said about his faith. “I feel safer and better coming to my own church, so every Sunday I try to go home and it feels good.”
The athlete also said that he only considered colleges that had a religious presence on their campuses. (2)
JuJu began his YouTube channel in November 2017. His early affiliation with FaZe Clan quickly boosted his initial following. Lately, JuJu has been squadding in Fortnite with musician Drake, rapper Travis Scott, and streamer Travis “Ninja” Blevins, growing his subscriber count even faster.
JuJu’s biological father was African-American but has not been involved with his life since he was a toddler. He has a full biological sister named So’omalo.
His mother later remarried a man named Lawrence Schuster, and grew up with him in JuJu’s life. At the age of 18, JuJu legally changed his last name from Smith to Smith-Schuster, to signify the importance of his stepfather in his life.
“It just puts a seal on the relationship [Lawrence Schuster] has with his son,” JuJu’s mother, Sammy, said of her son’s name change. “In our Samoan culture, your name defines you as a family. It defines you as a man.” (2)
As a side note, JuJu’s nickname came from his aunt, who referred to him as “JuJu” when he was only months old.
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 22, 2017
1: Sport Techie