If Antonio Brown was unhappy with the MVP Award JuJu Smith-Schuster won a couple of weeks ago, it can only be hoped that he will understand he was ineligible for the lastest honor bestowed upon the Pittsburgh Steelers young wide receiver on Thursday.
Named as the Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year for 2018 by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, Smith-Schuster wins the award for the second year in a row and is one of only three players to have earned this honor since it was first introduced in 2015.
Smith-Schuster finished the season with 111 receptions for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns and was arguably the team’s most consistent player all year. He will receive the award at a celebration dinner to be held on January 18, as well as being recognized during the Polynesian Bowl on January 19 in Oahu, Hawaii,
As per a Polynesian Hall of Fame official release, the award was voted for by a selection committee that comprised of coaches Dick Tomey, Ron McBride and Dick Vermeil, past NFL player and Inaugural Inductee Olin Kreutz, past NFLPA President and Inaugural Inductee Kevin Mawae, former NFL Player and Class of 2015 Inductee Ray Schoenke, ESPN Sportscaster Neil Everett, NFL player personnel legend Gil Brandt, NFL Network writer and commentator Steve Wyche, and Honolulu Sportscaster Robert Kekaula.
There has been no word yet on how Brown feels about being snubbed for a fourth year in a row for this honor, or a response to rumors that he recently went on Ancestry.com to try and prove his Polynesian heritage.