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Kareem Hunt trolls JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers with autograph

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster was trolled seemingly nonstop as the Pittsburgh Steelers limped toward the end of their season, and that has continued even after they were eliminated from the playoffs.

Cleveland Browns players mocked Smith-Schuster over his dancing antics as they were putting a beating on the Steelers Sunday night. Kareem Hunt has decided to keep that going. On Tuesday, the Browns running back signed a piece of memorabilia for a fan and wrote “Corvette Corvette” and “clapped ’em.”

Smith-Schuster made headlines during the regular season when he broke out his “Corvette Corvette” dance on opposing teams’ logos prior to games. He eventually stopped doing it when he realized it was bringing negative attention to the Steelers, but Browns players still used it to mock him on Sunday. You can see the video here.

Then, after the Steelers lost, rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool still talked trash about the Browns by saying they’re going to get “clapped” by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. That is likely what Hunt was referencing when he wrote “clapped ’em” as part of his autograph.

Smith-Schuster may not have antagonized the Browns with his dancing, but he found another way to give them bulletin-board material leading up to the Wild Card showdown. You can’t blame Hunt and others for refusing to let it go.

Browns players motivated by JuJu Smith-Schuster’s slight

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster may have finally stopped dancing on opponents’ midfield logos prior to games, but the Pittsburgh Steelers star still found a way to give the Cleveland Browns extra motivation when the two tams met in their AFC Wild Card playoff game on Sunday night.

The Browns jumped out to a huge lead in Pittsburgh and held on to win 48-37. Leading up to the game, Smith-Schuster refused to give Cleveland credit for reaching the playoffs and basically called them the same old Browns. That clearly lit a fire under Browns players, and several of them took shots at JuJu after the game.

Jarvis Landry made reference to Smith-Schuster’s “Corvette Corvette” TikTok dance.

Smith-Schuster had 13 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, but that didn’t stop the Browns from relentlessly mocking him. They also danced on the sideline like JuJu toward the end of the game (video here).

We saw evidence earlier in the season that Smith-Schuster’s dancing antics motivated opponents, which is why he stopped. The problem is he found another way to create bulletin board material, and it clearly made a difference on Sunday night.

Video: Browns mock JuJu Smith-Schuster dance at end of playoff win

Tae Davis JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Cleveland Browns pulled off a stunner by rolling the Steelers in Pittsburgh 48-37 on Sunday night in their AFC Wild Card playoff game. The Browns got out to a 28-0 lead early and did enough to hold on in the second half with 13 points scored in the fourth quarter.

As the game was in hand very late, some Browns players had some fun mocking JuJu Smith-Schuster over the wide receiver’s dance. Linebackers Tae Davis and Malcolm Smith were seen on the sidelines doing JuJu’s dance.

More players mocked JuJu in the locker room after the game with his song and dance too.

Smith-Schuster may have had 13 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough. He also continues a trend of putting his team in a bad situation through his actions.

The dance he did pregame on opponents’ logos motivated other players and had to be stopped. And now you can add his pregame comments about the Browns as another major issue.

JuJu Smith-Schuster misses old role with Steelers

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster misses his old role with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Smith-Schuster has been with the Steelers since 2017. He spent his first two seasons with them as an outside receiver. He had his biggest season on the outside in 2018 with 111 catches for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns. Though he had a nice statistical season this year, he hasn’t had as many 100-yard games since moving to the slot as he did before.

During NBC’s broadcast of the Steelers’ AFC Wild Card game against the Browns on Sunday night, Cris Collinsworth talked about JuJu’s role. Collinsworth pointed out how Schuster’s role has changed and noted that Smith-Schuster admitted to him and Al Michaels that he missed his old role.

“The role has definitely changed. He is now their slot receiver. He does the dirty work. He does the blocking inside. And he’s a free agent. So we talked to him about it, and he said ‘I kind of miss the outside days a little bit.’ But he said ‘If I had my choice, I would sign back here,'” Collinsworth shared on the broadcast.

The Steelers will have numerous free agents, so they will have a hard time keeping everyone they want. Whether they’re able to retain Smith-Schuster, and whether he opts to return to them, remains to be seen. But that admission about missing his old role is something to keep in mind. Another thing to keep in mind is whether this matter will play a role in the Steelers keeping JuJu.

Baker Mayfield posts video response to JuJu Smith-Schuster on Instagram

Baker Mayfield

JuJu Smith-Schuster’s comments about the Cleveland Browns this week were definitely noted by players.

Smith-Schuster was critical of the Browns on Thursday, dismissing them on Thursday as “nameless gray faces” ahead of Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game. In case there was any doubt that turned out to be bulletin board material for the Browns, the caption on Baker Mayfield’s Instagram video from Sunday confirmed it.

The Browns stormed out of the gates on Sunday, scoring a defensive touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and opening up a 28-0 lead on Pittsburgh in the first quarter. We’ll never know how much Smith-Schuster’s words inspired them, but they certainly couldn’t have helped.

Smith-Schuster has been inadvertently motivating a lot of opponents down the stretch this season. You’d think he’d have learned to keep his mouth shut by now.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster gives Browns bulletin-board material ahead of playoff game

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster may have cut out the pregame dancing, but he’s still doing some pregame talking.

Smith-Schuster’s Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns in an AFC Wild Card playoff game on Sunday night. The teams split their regular season series, though Pittsburgh rested most of their top players in a Week 17 loss. Cleveland also is in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, so they’re turning around a history of recent ineptitude.

Asked Thursday whether this Browns team is different, Smith-Schuster didn’t give Cleveland much credit.

“I think they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year,” Smith-Schuster said. “I think they’re nameless gray faces. They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.”

Here is the video evidence:

Smith-Schuster has gotten himself into trouble this season for giving opponents motivation. And now he has done this ahead of Sunday’s game.

The Steelers may be good enough to cover JuJu on this one, but we know what happened the last time someone talked disrespectfully about an Ohio football team.

JuJu Smith Schuster’s mom says she got death threats over logo dancing

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster has drawn plenty of criticism for dancing on opponents’ logos prior to games this season, and you could make the argument that it has been warranted. What his mother dealt with, however, was not.

Smith-Schuster’s mother Sammy Toa-Schuster revealed on Instagram Sunday that she has received “weeks of so many hate messages to death threats” over the Pittsburgh Steelers star’s dancing routine. Toa-Schuster said she couldn’t help but cry after JuJu’s big touchdown catch against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

“I captured this moment after my sons touchdown because this is my real emotions … after weeks of so many hate messages to death threats … I can’t help but cry when my baby scored his TD,” Toa-Schuster wrote. “Y’all love him when we are winning but hate when we are losing.

“Please remember when y’all are sending me these hate messages … you also have a child that I pray you will never have a grown a– adult send his mother hate messages. Good win as a team. Proud of my sweet child!!!”

Smith-Schuster finally gave up dancing on midfield logos this week after multiple opponents said they were motivated by the antics. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin also seemed unhappy about it, and Smith-Schuster felt it was becoming a distraction.

JuJu did, however, post a new type of dancing video on TikTok (watch it here) after Sunday’s comeback win.

No matter how strongly people felt about Smith-Schuster’s dancing antics, there is obviously no excuse for sending his mother hate messages. That goes without saying.

JuJu Smith-Schuster posts dancing video after Steelers clinch division

JuJu Smith-Schuster dancing

JuJu Smith-Schuster may have cut out the disrespectful pregame dances, but he’s still dancing nonetheless.

The Pittsburgh Steelers came back to beat the Indianapolis Colts 28-24 on Sunday to win the AFC North. Smith-Schuster had nine catches for 96 yards and a touchdown in the win.

Afterwards, he gathered some of his teammates for a dance video he posted on TikTok.

The message from JuJu is clear: although he is no longer doing pregame dances, he’s not eliminating them entirely. He’s just getting rid of the disrespectful pregame ones that have cost his team.

JuJu Smith-Schuster says he will stop dancing on opponents’ logos

JuJu Smith-Schuster

JuJu Smith-Schuster has become a target of criticism over the past two weeks for disrespecting his opponents and failing to back it up, and the Pittsburgh Steelers star is finally going to stop.

Smith-Schuster told reporters on Wednesday that he will stop dancing on the opposing team’s logo at midfield “for the betterment of myself and my teammates.” He said he made the decision after realizing how many questions his teammates and coaches were being asked about it.

“For me, honestly, I was dancing when we were undefeated, I was dancing when we lost our three games. I’m not gonna change the person that I am,” Smith-Schuster said, via Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s getting to the point where my teammates are being asked this question, my coaches … I don’t want to be a distraction to anybody.”

The Steelers have lost three straight games after beginning the season 11-0. Smith-Schuster danced on Pittsburgh’s opponent’s midfield logo before each of the last two and shared the videos on his TikTok account. Buffalo Bills players said two weeks ago that they were motivated by the antics, and the same was true for Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Smith-Schuster caught just three passes for 15 yards in the Steelers’ 27-17 loss to the Bengals. He was also blown up with a big hit and fumbled (video here) in the first quarter.

Smith-Schuster said after the Buffalo game that he was not going to stop dancing, but Mike Tomlin indicated on Monday that he was not happy with the antics. That is likely what led to the change of heart.

Mike Tomlin does not seem pleased with JuJu Smith-Schuster’s dancing

Mike Tomlin

JuJu Smith-Schuster once again made himself a target by dancing on an opponent’s logo, and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin plans to have a word with the star receiver about the antics.

On Monday night, as he has done numerous times this season, Smith-Schuster shared a video on TikTok that showed him dancing on his opponent’s midfield logo. This time the logo belonged to the Cincinnati Bengals, who then went out and pulled off a shocking 27-17 upset over Pittsburgh. Smith-Schuster was blown up with a big hit and fumbled in the first quarter (video here).

Tomlin was asked on Tuesday about Smith-Schuster’s dancing antics. He said he’s going to have a word with the 24-year-old about it.

“I am aware of it and I do plan to talk to JuJu,” Tomlin said, per Ed Bouchette of The Athletic.

Tomlin didn’t go into detail about what he might say to JuJu, but the coach doesn’t sound pleased. Who can blame him?

Buffalo Bills players said Smith-Schuster dancing on their logo motivated them before their win over the Steelers last week. They weren’t lying, either, and a video from Josh Allen’s pregame speech proved that.

Despite that, Smith-Schuster said he’s not going to stop the dancing. He seems to be taking the approach of “what happens on the field is all that matters,” but there’s no question defenders are playing with a little added juice because of his antics. JuJu is putting his pride ahead of the team, which is likely what Tomlin wants to express to him.