HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been an exciting year for Steelers rookie wide receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster.
First, he started a movement on twitter, and a city-wide search to famously find his stolen bike. Then, at 21-years-old, he finally got his license. Then, he became the youngest player in NFL history to record 1,000 all-purpose yards. And on Thursday morning, Juju Smith-Schuster earned the right to call himself the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Pro Football Player of the Year.
Smith-Schuster, who is of Samoan ancestry, finished the regular season with 59 catches fro 917 yards and seven touchdowns. He added 240 yards and a TD on nine kick returns as well. He was both named the AFC Offensive Player of the week AFC Special Teams player of the week at various times throughout the season.
Those numbers helped him set a Steelers franchise record for most receiving yards by a rookie.
"On behalf of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors, we congratulate JuJu on a historic season," said Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Chairman Jesse Sapolu in a statement. "He truly represents the very best of our Polynesian culture."
Smith-Schuster will be formally honored during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Celebration Dinner on January 19th ahead of the second annual Polynesian Bowl.