If there are members of the Pittsburgh Steelers organization who would like to see the team trade Antonio Brown this offseason, fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made it clear he was not one of them with the release of his latest Youtube video on Sunday.
Proving that it is possible for a professional athlete to share video content that does not anger most of the fanbase (Mark Madden not included), Smith-Schuster answered questions from fans in a Q and A session that featured marriage proposals, date requests and a number of questions about his relationship status.
However, among all the response to questions about gaming and his offseason plans, there was at least one notable response to a question about trading Brown.
“No I don’t want AB to get traded. He makes me better. He makes the team better. He’s awesome. he’s a great dude. But for myself, I learn a lot from him just playing with him. If I want to increase my game to be the best, I’ve got to compete against him, so I do not want him traded.”
Given Smith-Schuster out paced AB in both yards and receptions in 2018, it should come as no surprise to note he want him back on the roster next season. While Brown continues to be double-teamed on the other side of the field, Smith-Schuster is frequently left in single coverage and regardless of his youth, he is more than wise enough to appreciate how that benefits him.
That is not to say Smith-Schuster has an ulterior motive in keeping Brown around and the young receiver seems to be the sort of player who probably gets on well with most of his teammates. He also appears to have developed a genuine friendship with AB, even if that bond was a bit fractured on Brown’s end by Smith-Schuster winning the Steelers MVP award.