Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster doesn’t want Antonio Brown to be traded
Antonio Brown may have been upset that fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was voted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ team MVP this season, but that does not mean Smith-Schuster has any bad blood.
During a question-and-answer video on YouTube where Smith-Schuster answered inquiries from fans, he said that he does not want the Steelers to trade Brown:
“No, I don’t want AB traded,” Smith-Schuster said when asked about Brown. “He makes me better. He makes the team better. He’s awesome. He’s a great dude. For myself, I learn a lot from him — just playing with him. If I want to increase my game to be the best, I gotta compete against him. So, I do not want him traded.”
Now, of course, you can say that Smith-Schuster is merely trying to keep the peace in the event that Pittsburgh does not trade Brown, but, on that same token, Smith-Schuster didn’t have to choose that question to answer at all, so he is probably being sincere.
The 22-year-old enjoyed a spectacular 2018 campaign, hauling in 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Somehow, though, Smith-Schuster did not make the Pro Bowl.
Smith-Schuster, who played his collegiate football at USC, was originally selected by the Steelers in the second round (62nd pick overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
He had a very impressive rookie season, catching 58 passes for 917 yards and seven scores.
Pittsburgh went 8-7-1 this year, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Steelers were in first place in the AFC North before a devastating loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 knocked them out of the playoff picture altogether.