JuJu Smith-Schuster on learning he’s out for season: I cried all night, I love football so much

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An emotional Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster addressed a crowd at an event for his foundation and explained to them how devastated he was when he learned this week that his shoulder injury will force him to miss the rest of the season.

I sat there and I cried,” Smith-Schuster said. “I cried all night. I cried because I love this game so much. More than anyone could know.”

Although Smith-Schuster has been criticized at times for his dancing on the field and his large presence on social media, he said none of that matters to him without football.

“I know the whole social media thing, and the TikTok and the dancing,” he said. “I do it because it’s my personality and I love it. Don’t get me wrong, football will always come first. Without football I wouldn’t be who I am today. Without football this [foundation] wouldn’t be. I wouldn’t be a role model for a whole lot of people.”

Smith-Schuster is playing on a one-year contract and it is unknown whether he will return to the Steelers in 2022.

“I cried that night,” he said, “because you just never know what the future holds for you.”

28 responses to “JuJu Smith-Schuster on learning he’s out for season: I cried all night, I love football so much

  1. You cried because you know you blew your contract situation. You should have signed with KC or Bal and would have seen some decent action to audition for the next team but you thought Big Ben was 27 years old and paid the price. Not saying you wouldn’t have been injured playing for other teams but could have played a bigger role than what you did this season. You lost leverage in negotiations for next season sadly

  2. He cried because he’s on a one year contract and their probably was millions of dollars that got taken off the field when he did.

  3. I feel bad for the kid but injuries happen & it’s 1 season. Maybe he should talk to ex teammate Shazier to get a better perspective on what an injury can do.

  4. and you realized coming back to Pittsburgh to show case your skills for a big contract next year was the worst mistake of your life.

    Even before the injury Roethlisburger was dinking and dunking your value into irrelevance. Good news if you want to come back for league minimum to try to catch inaccurate passes from Mason Rudolph next year the Steelers will take a look at you but their top options at WR are set.

  5. Go back to your Tik Toks JuJu. Hard to feel sorry for a guy that has disrespected so many teams.

  6. Cried cause your out? Or cried cause you might be playing another year on a 1 year show me contract.

  7. “A role model for a whole lot of people”. I don’t think so JuJu. You’re a decent football player and that’s it. It seems your main mission is to bring attention to yourself.

  8. Judging by the comments here, JuJu seems to be joining the ranks of Ben and Mason Rudolph—Steelers who have lost all respect. Maybe a change in leadership is in order since the current model is an imploding disaster.

  9. He cried because he’s sad that he can’t act like a child starving for attention

  10. Man if JuJu Schuster put the same amount of energy into practicing, polishing his game and becoming a better player he could of been a very good top notch #2 receiver. Instead dudes just average and seems he wants more adoration as an Internet personality than he does as a football player. Weird.

  11. The hate for Juju is just sad. This is a guy who spends a lot of his time in the Pittsburgh community. Just last week he paid for a cart load of groceries for a customer at a local grocery store. He likes to have fun, and for many of you that is his sin. How dare he have a good time. Meanwhile, he gives everything he has on the field every day. The guy throws his body around, and has frankly had a thankless job on the Steelers the last two years. He can do things with his physicality that other Steeler receivers can’t, so he has given up his stats for the good of the team.

    On the field, Juju is honestly a throwback to a more physical and selfless era. Those of you saying he is selfish either don’t pay attention or just love to hate.

  12. I was surprised he turned down KC and BAL to come back to broke down and inaccurate! Talking about loyalty out of control.

  13. I am a JuJu Smith Schuster fan. I think he is much better than he has shown. He needs a real QB who can get him the ball, like Lamar or Maholmes.

  14. hazydavey says:
    October 14, 2021 at 10:45 am
    The hate for Juju is just sad. This is a guy who spends a lot of his time in the Pittsburgh community. Just last week he paid for a cart load of groceries for a customer at a local grocery store. He likes to have fun, and for many of you that is his sin. How dare he have a good time. Meanwhile, he gives everything he has on the field every day. The guy throws his body around, and has frankly had a thankless job on the Steelers the last two years. He can do things with his physicality that other Steeler receivers can’t, so he has given up his stats for the good of the team.

    On the field, Juju is honestly a throwback to a more physical and selfless era. Those of you saying he is selfish either don’t pay attention or just love to hate.
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    What color is the sky in your world?

  15. Wow. Guy gets crushed in the comments for being vulnerable and saying he loves football at his charity event. Isn’t he supposed to love football? If the worst thing he’s ever accused of is having a big social media presence and dancing on logos, I’ll take that over a lot of other guys in this league who get treated like heroes. He plays hard and tough and selflessly and off the field he works hard and selflessly ro help others and spread happiness. Educate yourselves before you run down a young man that the NFL and all of its fans should be proud of.

  16. Judging by the comments here, JuJu seems to be joining the ranks of Ben and Mason Rudolph—Steelers who have lost all respect. Maybe a change in leadership is in order since the current model is an imploding disaster

    I realize you are the constant Raven troll and have been for years, but do mind sharing with us your source for people losing respect you and your dog really don’t count sorry. Speaking of respect does name Lewis conjure about respect?

  17. Everybody agrees that someone who dances all over an opposing team’s logo should lose all respect, even from their own teammates. That kind of rude and childish behavior only cheapens the NFL and its level of professionalism. So yes, he has lost all respect snd everyone knows it.

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