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JuJu Smith-Schuster wins Steelers MVP honors for 2018

The second year player became the first player not named Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell to win the award since 2012.

Pittsburgh Steelers v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Of all the awards given out at the end of a season, the ones that perhaps mean the most to the winners are those that are voted for by their teammates. While press association honors are nice, the real award to win is team MVP honors and on Thursday the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that title had been won by JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2018.

Clearly one of the team’s best players this season, Smith-Schuster separated himself from the pack with a high level of consistency and production each week. He leads the team in receiving yards and receptions with 106 catches for 1,389-yards and has recorded eight 100-yard games this season.

At only 22 years and 31 days old, Smith-Schuster became the youngest player to reach 100 receptions in a single-season in NFL history last Sunday and is currently fourth in the NFL in receiving yards. The young wideout is also the first player not named Le’Veon Bell or Antonio Brown to win the MVP award in the last six season, with Brown the most recent winner in 2017.

Despite having one of the best season of his career, Ben Roethlisberger misses out on winning a team MVP award once again and has only won the award once in his 15 year career, back in 2009.