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Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster featured in new bike bobblehead

Chris Adamski
| Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 5:15 p.m.
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrates his touchdown with Le'Veon Bell during the third quarter against the Colts Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrates his touchdown with Le'Veon Bell during the third quarter against the Colts Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

If you somehow think JuJu Smith-Schuster hadn't "made it" after an eventful first year in the NFL, it's official now. He's being immortalized via a novelty trinket by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.

Introducing the "JuJu's Sweet Ride" bobblehead featuring the Steelers precocious receiver riding a bicycle.

According to National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar, the limited-edition bobblehead will be released Friday.

Only 1,000 of the bobbleheads are to be made, Sklar said in an email, and they can be purchased for $40 (plus $8 shipping) with an expected May delivery. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered, and they are officially licensed for use of the "Steelers" script logo and with a Steelers jersey on Smith-Schuster.

An Oct. 24 social media post of Smith-Schuster walking to practice went viral because in it he said someone had stolen his bike. The then-20-year-old rookie did not yet have his driver's license; a Southern California native and USC alum, he said he never had the need for one.

Word quickly spread, and within 24 hours, his bike was returned.

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"When we saw the story about JuJu and his bike, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity for a fun bobblehead," Sklar said in a prepared release. "We think it turned out great, and we're confident JuJu and Steelers fans everywhere will agree."

A second-round pick last April, Smith-Schuster ascended to the Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver and was named to the NFL's all-rookie team after he had 58 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns (one on a kickoff return) this season.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame is based in Milwaukee.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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