JuJu Smith-Schuster bought his stepfather a truck today. Here’s the story behind this act of kindness.
Here’s the backstory behind the act of kindness that has taken over Instagram and Twitter today: JuJu Smith Schuster buying a truck for his stepdad.
JuJu Smith-Schuster never had his biological father as a part of his life. The Steelers’ now-#1 wide receiver instead had the support of his stepfather, Lawrence Schuster, as he participated in sports and activities growing up.
Per the Pittsburg Post Gazette, Lawrence Schuster began dating Sammy Schuster, (JuJu’s Mother) when Juju was only four years old.
Lawrence was JuJu’s father figure, and his hero. But things weren’t always easy for the family.
JuJu was one of a family of 7 kids — him and his six siblings. But the family only had one car. As such, Lawrence decided that he would use the bus daily to go to work so that Sammy (JuJu’s mother) could use the car.
It was a sacrifice that modeled kindness for the whole family.
So JuJu felt it was only fitting –now that he is established as a focal point of the Steelers’ offense — to return the favor.
And here it is! Bright and shiny!
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster remembered his dad taking the bus to work when he was a kid.
That's why he just surprised him with his own brand new truck.
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) September 3, 2019
Below are JuJu Smith-Schuster’s own words on the story.
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My big family is made up of my parents, myself, and my six siblings. Growing up, we had one car for everything we needed to do. Dropping us off to school, practice, work, groceries, whatever we needed to do, we had 1 car. My dad would walk to the bus stop and catch the bus each morning to go to work. My parents struggled so much and worked so hard to provide for my siblings and I. I’ll never be able to give them what they gave me, but I’m so thankful I can at least do something. So proud and blessed to be able to buy my dad a new truck, this man means so much more to me than I can ever put into words! 🙏🏾
A beautiful family moment — a true honoring of legacy. JuJu and Lawrence have become extremely close throughout the years. So much so “that he legally changed his last name to Smith-Schuster while playing for USC in 2015,” According to the Pittsburg Post Gazette.
A truly inspirational story of the love of a good father.
Best of luck this season, JuJu!
Always Lit 🤩🤩 pic.twitter.com/c5tvvylTOa
— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) September 3, 2019