It’s no secret that Steelers “star” (does this label even apply anymore?) receiver Juju Smith-Schuster likes to dance, especially for TikTok. The former USC pass-catcher’s TikTok has over 2.7M followers and over 30.5M likes. Each week, JSS performs one of his classic TikTok dances that the youth are so fond of on opponents’ midfield logos. Last night against the Bengals, Smith-Schuster’s pregame dancing gave the Bengals the extra motivation they needed to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year, which begs the question, can one be an NFL wideout and a professional TikToker?
You can’t Dance like that pre-game and then get LEVELED in-game
Smith-Schuster decided to continue his pre-game tradition and dance on Cincinnati’s logo prior to kickoff. Bengals players took notice of his actions and it was game-on. That moment came when JSS was absolutely destroyed by Bengals safety Vonn Bell on a hit towards the end of the first quarter. The Bengals were able to recover the fumble and capitalize on a Giovani Bernard touchdown shortly thereafter. When asked about the hit, Bell said after the game “I seen 19. I’m not a boastful guy, man. I just go out there and let my play do the talking. It just happened that it comes to that. I’m just playing football, man. Just going out there and trying to make a play.” (quote found here) In football guy speak, this meant, “I saw the guy who was dancing on our logo before the game and decided I needed to send him back to the shadow realm.” The Steelers would go on to lose the game, and Smith-Schuster would go on to finish with an abysmal 3 catches for 15 yards and a fumble.
Of course, social media had a FIELD DAY with this, and here were several Twitter reactions worth viewing:
Sent corvette,corvette to the body shop tonite. Don’t TikTok on the logo🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/pY8THvsCpi
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) December 22, 2020
— Alex Kaiser (@kaiserrrrrrrrr) December 22, 2020
i made this. don’t let it flop. pic.twitter.com/OrjZJGKytX
— gabb 🌟 (@gabbgoudy) December 22, 2020
From what I have heard, Juju Smith-Schuster has yet to respond after being eviscerated by both the 3-10-1 Bengals and the entire Internet. So to answer the question I presented at the beginning of the blog, YES you can be both, but there are certain limitations. For example, maybe it isn’t the best idea to intertwine the two. Especially when you play a contact sport for a living and while you may be performing a pre-game dance solely to increase likes and followers on TikTok, the team that’s goal is to piledrive your body into the ground might not see it the same way.
The greatest part about Terrell Owens was as much trash as he talked, he always was able to back it up. If you ain’t putting up TO type of numbers, I would suggest either performing TikTok dances somewhere not on a football field or retiring from football and spending 100% of your time on TikTok. Who knows, you might become bigger than guy drinking cran-raspberry juice and riding skateboard.