NFL Star JuJu Smith-Schuster Relied on His Bike to Get to Practice. Then Someone Stole It.

A Pittsburgh Steelers player has had a roller coaster of a week, courtesy of an indiscriminate bike thief.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, the team’s rookie wide receiver, woke up Tuesday to find that someone had stolen his Ghost Square cross bike. This may not seem like a huge deal for an NFL player making the big bucks, but in Smith-Schuster’s case, it was the cause of a major headache.

That’s because the 20-year-old never got his driver’s license. Growing up in Long Beach, California, he never felt he needed to. Instead, the rookie wide receiver relied mostly on his bike to get around. Ever since he started with the Stealers, he’s often been seen pedaling in the streets Pittsburgh. (Learn how to look after your own bike with the Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance & Repair.)

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Upon discovering the theft, Smith-Schuster took to Twitter to ask for help locating his bike.

His teammate Antonio Brown even offered a reward—two tickets to a Steelers home game—for the bike’s safe return.

Fans heard Smith-Schuster’s cries for help. The news spread quickly and the hashtag #TeamFindJuJusBike made its way around social media, the sports blogosphere, and local TV news.

A happy ending was in sight. That same evening, local police received a call from a man who, just an hour before, had bought the stolen bike on the street for $200. Police recovered and a representative from the Steelers is expected to pick up the bike today.

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Pittsburghers can expect to see Smith-Schuster back in the saddle soon. It’s not yet clear if the citizen who returned the bike ever took up Brown’s offer for a pair of tickets.

See an actual bike thief put seven bike locks to the test:

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