JuJu Smith-Schuster grateful to have his trusty bicycle bike back
The saga of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s stolen bicycle had a storybook ending as the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver has been reunited with what currently is his only means of conveyance.
The police department in Mt. Oliver, Pa., on Wednesday recovered the bicycle and it goes without saying that Smith-Schuster is thrilled.
“(Steelers team security manager Jack Kearney) called me 1 a.m. saying, ‘We found your bike,'” Smith-Schuster said after practice Wednesday, via the Tribune-Review. “And I was like, ‘Are you serious?'”
To say that the bicycle theft was a huge story in Pittsburgh — not to mention the greater NFL world — would be an understatement, albeit an amusing one. In fact, a satirical promo for “A Football Life” was even made about Smith-Schuster’s ordeal.
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) October 25, 2017
Smith-Schuster admits to being surprised over all the attention devoted to his beloved bike.
“I didn’t think it was gonna be that serious,” Smith-Schuster said. “People tell me it was on the news, and people were out trying to find the bike. That’s when I knew, ‘Dang, this is serious.'”
Smith-Schuster says his bike, valued at $800, was locked up, adding, “I’m not gonna put my $800 bike not locked up on the South Side.” When word reached him that the man who turned it in bought it for $200, Smith-Schuster took offense.
“I was like, ‘How they gonna disrespect my bike like that?'” Smith-Schuster said. “Eight-hundred-dollar bike, and it sold for $200.”
An interesting aside to Smith-Schuster’s odyssey is how the bike was how he got back and forth to practice, as the 20-year-old doesn’t have a driver’s license. But that’s soon to change as the Steelers rookie has his driver’s test scheduled for next Tuesday.
“Honestly, it was my only mode of transportation,” Smith-Schuster said of the bike. “I think it was God trying to tell me, ‘You need to get your license now.'”
Best of luck to Smith-Schuster on that driver’s exam. But if for some reason he fails, Smith-Schuster plans to install a tracking device on the bicycle. Better safe than sorry, it would seem.