Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster delivers heartfelt speech following season-ending shoulder injury

Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a season-ending shoulder surgical operation in final Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos, and he addressed it all over his basis’s luau on Wednesday, 

Smith-Schuster delivered a heartful speech to his circle of relatives, buddies and teammates in attendance.

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is helped off the field after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is helped off the sector after being injured all over the primary part of an NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.
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Smith-Schuster confirmed up on the podium together with his proper arm in a sling. As he began his speech, the previous Professional Bowl wideout fought thru tears whilst expressing what soccer has intended to him.

“Closing evening was once the toughest evening for me as a result of soccer has achieved such a lot for me in my existence, greater than you guys will ever know,” Smith-Schuster mentioned. “My stepdad put my in soccer when I used to be 4 years outdated. It was once a laugh. You get to hit children and no longer get in hassle, proper? I all the time liked the sport.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended by Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Smith-Shuster was injured on the play and left the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) is upended through Denver Broncos protection Kareem Jackson (22) all over the primary part of an NFL soccer sport in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. Smith-Shuster was once injured at the play and left the sector.
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“Closing evening was once laborious for me as a result of, once I were given the decision from the medical doctors, you recognize, shoulder damage, I believed you set it again in and you’ll be able to be advantageous inside of two weeks, and our bye week is arising, and I used to be like, ‘I will be able to take two weeks off, come again and play this season.’ Physician referred to as me and mentioned, ‘Howdy, guy, I believe we need to do that surgical operation. You’ll get a 2nd opinion.’ And [he] mentioned it was once a season-ending damage.”

Smith-Schuster persisted: “And I sat there and I cried. I cried all evening. I cried as a result of I really like this sport such a lot, greater than any person will know. I do know the entire social media factor, and the entire TikTok and dancing and all that, I do it as a result of it is my persona and I find it irresistible. Do not get me improper.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) gets up after being injured on a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) will get up after being injured on a play all over the primary part of an NFL soccer sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.
((AP Photograph/Don Wright))

“However soccer will all the time come first. With out soccer, I would not be who I’m lately. With out soccer, this would not be. I would not … be a job type for numerous other people. I cried that evening since you simply by no means know what the long run holds for you. If I take a look at the sunshine in entrance of me and do not stay my head down and simply stay pushing ahead, and I come again even more potent than I used to be this yr, I do know God has a brilliant long term for me.”

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In 5 video games this season, Smith-Schuster hauled in 15 receptions for 129 yards and no touchdowns. The Steelers will depend closely on extensive receivers Diontae Johnson, James Washington and Chase Claypool to pick out up the slack in Smith-Schuster’s absence.

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