Juju Smith-Schuster is Visiting Samoa with Manase Jesse Sapolu

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27 June 2024 between Apia and American Samoa. Spotted in Samoa! American Football star JuJu Smith-Schuster is in Samoa for a short visit with legendary Samoan footballer Jesse Sapolu.

They were spotted heading to American Samoa for a short trip on Samoa Airways, flown by Samoa’s own celebrity pilot Captain Christian Tooala.

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Juju Smith-Schuster is visiting the Two Samoas with a group led by Manase Jesse Sapolu. They hope to host a Football training camp in Samoa next year.

Smith-Schuster began playing football at the age of eight. Born 22 November 1996 as John Sherman Smith, he changed his name in football program listings in 2012 from “John” to “JuJu,” a nickname an aunt gave him when he was young. He then legally changed his last name from “Smith” to “Smith-Schuster” while in college as a tribute to his step-father.

In his youth, Smith-Schuster was coached bwasy Snoop Dogg when he played youth football with the Snoop Youth Football League, where Snoop gave Smith-Schuster the nickname “Sportscenter,” telling the boy that he believed one day his highlights would be shown on the flagship ESPN show.

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On 17 May 2017, 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.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Smith-Schuster in the second round (62nd overall) of the 2017 NFL draft. He was the youngest player selected in the 2017 Draft and was the 13th USC wide receiver drafted in the last 15 years.

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Kansas City Chiefs

Smith-Schuster signed with the Chiefs on March 20, 2022  The contract was for one year worth a maximum of $10.75 million. He scored his first touchdown as a member of the Chiefs on October 16, 2022, in a 20–24 loss to the Bills. In the following game against the 49ers, he had seven receptions for 124 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 44–23 victory. He finished the 2022 season with 78 receptions for 933 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Talofa with a Smile from Samoa.

New England Patriots

On March 17, 2023, Smith-Schuster signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Patriots. In his first season in New England, Smith-Schuster finished the season with 29 catches for 260 yards and one touchdown through 11 games and seven starts.

New England Patriots

On March 17, 2023, Smith-Schuster signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Patriots. In his first season in New England, Smith-Schuster finished the season with 29 catches for 260 yards and one touchdown through 11 games and seven starts.

Smith-Schuster 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. He also holds several Steelers franchise records. Off the field, he is also known for his social media presence and affinity for TikTok which has earned him the nickname TikTok Boy. In 2019, Smith-Schuster was ranked by Sports Business Daily as one of the NFL’s most marketable players.

Smith-Schuster is of African-American and Samoan descent and was raised in Long Beach, California. He is the second-eldest of seven children and is a Christian.

He has one biological sister named So’omalo and their father was not active in their lives. His stepfather, Lawrence Schuster, was introduced to his mother, Sammy (Toa) when Smith-Schuster was four years old.

Smith-Schuster legally hyphenated his last name after he turned 18, adding Schuster in honor of his stepfather.

Smith-Schuster says he grew up a fan of USC and looked up to wide receivers Marqise LeeRobert Woods, and Nelson Agholor.

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