Juju Smith-Schuster spent his 21st birthday just chillaxing.
The rookie Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster also mentioned that a big transition to the NFL has been ensuring he gets a good night's rest.
"Being young, you're just up all night, just having fun," the rookie said Thursday, per Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I think that sleep has been more challenging for me just because I like to be up, play video games, do what young people do, social media, and then go to bed at 2 a.m. I'm still trying to balance that out."
Smith-Schuster is an avid gamer. Rather than going out to a bar to celebrate his 21st birthday last month, he stayed home playing video games and eating toast.
Smith-Schuster has 49 receptions for 774 yards and six touchdowns. He had no more than four receptions or 58 yards in a game until Oct. 29 against the Detroit Lions, when he caught seven passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. In his past six games he caught 32 passes for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
“We started out with just little parts of the game plan that he could play a role, and we quickly got a feel real quick that he could handle as much as you could put on his plate,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.