In a season wracked by protest disputes, declining ratings, and fan rage, one unquestionable bright spot has been the story of JuJu Smith-Schuster’s bike. It’s a sad tale with a happy ending, and Smith-Schuster commemorated it on Sunday night with a brilliant touchdown celebration.
The speedy Pittsburgh Steelers receiver rides a bike all over town; he doesn’t have a car or even a driver’s license. So when his bike got stolen Tuesday, well, there was trouble. Fortunately, the bike was located inside of a day, and all was right with the Steelers’ world.
The saga even got its own documentary:
Which brings us to Sunday night. In an otherwise back-and-forth game, Smith-Schuster broke free for a 97-yard touchdown sprint, the longest pass play in Pittsburgh Steelers history:
The score put the Steelers up 20-12, and Pittsburgh’s defense held on late, keeping the Lions out of the end zone in a late goal-line stand, to win 20-15.
That was a brilliant play all on its own, but what came next made it even better:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 30, 2017
Yes, Smith-Schuster is locking up the exercise bike, just to be sure. Brilliant. In a season defined by drama for the Steelers, this ridiculous bike story could be exactly what this team needs to loosen up and start playing up to its potential.
Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports and the author of EARNHARDT NATION, on sale now at Amazon or wherever books are sold. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.