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JuJu Smith-Schuster makes history at young age

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) returns a kickoff 96-yards for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a strong rookie year. How strong? He became the youngest player in league history to generate more than 1,000 all-purpose yards.

Via the NFL, Smith-Schuster’s 143 receiving yards and 122 kick-return yards pushed his full-season total of combined yardage to 1,157.

The second-round pick, who turned 21 in November, has generated at least 1,100 all-purposes yards younger than anyone else in league history.

His 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter broke a 21-21 tie, giving Pittsburgh its final point total of 28 -- and allowing the Steelers to hold off Cleveland’s 24 points. And sending the Browns to the second 0-16 record in league history.