Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ju Ju Smith Schuster and run back James Conner are two very young NFL players as both have only played in the league for two seasons. Their youth aside, both players already have an extreme level of popularity when it comes to the Steelers fanbase and it’s easily seen when it comes to their sales of officially licensed merchandise.
According to the NFL’s Top 50 Players Sales Report released by the NFL on Wednesday, both Smith-Schuster and Conner are on this list which includes only verified rankings of all NFL player products and merchandise under officially licensed for the period of March 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019. Smith-Schuster is ranked 25th overall in the latest officially licensed NFL player products and merchandise, while Conner is ranked 47th overall.
Smith-Schuster’s popularity with fans is not at all surprising. Not only has he quickly become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in just two seasons in the league, but he has a very strong social media presence which includes several videos and photos of him interacting with fans in various ways. . From pillow fights and water balloon fights to escorting high schoolers to their prom, Smith-Schuster knows how to stay in touch with her fans. He has already done several TV commercials with more to come. His creative touchdown celebrations, which mostly depict his youth, are also popular with fans. Smith-Schuster’s stellar play in his second season in the NFL earned him his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement. He was also named the Steelers’ team MVP in 2018.
As for Conner, he was already popular with Pittsburgh sports fans long before he was drafted by the Steelers, as he was a top college player at the University of Pittsburgh. Conner’s battle and subsequent beating of Hodgkin’s lymphoma during his college years was widely documented by mainstream and local media. After a rookie season in 2017 in which he touched the football just 32 times and gained just 144 yards, Conner filled in admirably well as the Steelers started running in 2018 after the start. Le’Veon Bell decided to sit out the season instead of playing on the franchise tag. Conner had nearly 1,500 scrimmage yards in 2018 and scored 13 touchdowns. He also went to play in his first Pro Bowl last season, as did Smith-Schuster.
Both Smith-Schuster and Conner are expected to get new contracts in the upcoming offseason, as both will then enter the final years of their rookie deals. According to the ABC, the Steelers can begin negotiating contract extensions with both players as soon as the 2019 season ends.
The NFLPA Players’ Top 50 Selling List is the only verified ranking of all officially licensed NFL player-branded merchandise sold through online and brick-and-mortar outlets, as rated by more than 70 licensees. licensed by NFLPA such as Fanatics, Outerstuff, Nike, Fathead, FOCO, Wincraft and Funco. Licensed product categories include video games, trading cards, men’s, women’s and youth gaming jerseys, t-shirts and hoodies, backpacks, wall decals, pennants, collectible figurines, matted and framed photos, bobbleheads, stuffed animals, drinks, pet products and many more. Continued.
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New #Steels JuJu Smith-Schuster Nike Gold Inverted Legend Jersey is🔥👀. Best to get one fast before the stock disappears like James Conner recently did.
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) July 24, 2019