In 2017, the Pittsburgh Steelers might have come up with what was one of the touchdown celebrations. Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Running Back Le’Veon Bell played hide and seek after scoring a 31-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals.
On scoring the goal, the duo decided to celebrate with something special. Le’Veon Bell hid behind a goalpost while Juju covered his eyes and pretended to count. Juju then searched for Bell and chased him out from behind the post. “I came to JuJu with it, literally about 10 minutes before the game”, Bell told ESPN. “I know JuJu and he loves doing celebrations”, said the RB who was sure the WR was the right choice for his unusual celebration.
Antonio Brown simply stood awestruck watching his teammates go about their new act of celebration. JuJu tweeted after the game thanking the NFL for letting players celebrate in such varying styles. Bell and Smith-Schuster maintained (or perhaps, they still do) a list of their favorite celebrations.
Over the years, we have seen some amazing ways to celebrate touchdowns – dice games, the famous ‘Kamehameha’ from Dragon Ball Z and even bench presses. Players are known to have had corporate deals for specific touchdown celebrations.
Bell moved to the New York Jets last year while Smith-Schuster is still playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell averaged a career-low last season and decided to make the move after sitting out in 2018 due to a contract dispute with the Steelers. However, he seems to be excited to be playing with the Jets’ newest recruits. He told ESPN he can’t wait to be running behind his new blockers.
Smith-Schuster didn’t have great 2019 either. He was injured, suffering from the pressure of being the team’s MVP and also struggling without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. However, he will most likely return to the form he displayed in his rookie. His injury was perhaps the biggest reason for the fall in his performance. With a healthy Roethlisberger and the offensive weapons around him, JuJu should comfortably be able to put on a show.