From the absence of the star running back to angering franchise legends to the team’s best player facing serious accusations, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had their fair share of drama this season. It’s been a roller coaster, in fact, but at least one player knows how to keep the mood light.
With a MegaMillions jackpot over $1.5 billion before Tuesday’s big drawing, Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was spotted at the local South Side GetGo buying lottery tickets. The reason? Other than the obvious financial motivation and tax-bracket boost, he wanted to help the team sign All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who still hasn’t shown up this season.
In a world filled with underrated tweets, this is high on the list.
Having a 21-year-old NFL player, who signed a four-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers last season, play the lottery so his squad can sign a star player back is straight legendary.
Of course, Smith-Schuster brought it up to the media, too.
“I tried to win it so we could get Le’Veon back. It didn’t work,” the Long Beach, California native and former USC Trojans star wide receiver said.
Someone else won the lottery, but whether that was sarcastic or not, buying into and baiting the media with the ongoing storyline and drama of Bell, it was brilliant by Smith-Schuster, who has 42 catches for 561 yards and two touchdowns this season, including four games with 100-plus receiving yards.
The Steelers, coming off a bye in Week 7, currently sit atop the AFC North standings with a 3-2-1 record and face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
It’s still very unclear if Le’Veon Bell will play for the black and yellow this season, but running back James Connor has played well in his absence and we now all know what JuJu Smith-Schuster would have done if he had won the lottery.