“Nameless Gray Faces” – Steelers’ Juju Smith-Schuster Takes Shots at Cleveland Browns

Published 01/08/2021, 2:35 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


Juju Smith-Schuster and the Pittsburgh Steelers qualified for the Playoffs this season. After an incredible 11-0 start, the Steelers suffered an immense collapse and lost 4 of their remaining 5 games.

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Despite the late-season losses, the Steelers managed to secure a wildcard spot in the Playoffs, and now they take on the Cleveland Browns.

Juju Smith-Schuster spoke to the press ahead of the Steelers’ wildcard playoff game against the Cleveland Browns.

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Unsurprisingly, Juju took an extremely confident stance, believing that the Steelers are the easy favorites to win the game. He even took shots at the Browns in the process, calling them nameless gray faces.

JuJu says he's happy to be playing the Browns Sunday. pic.twitter.com/zMg85kRV5u

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 8, 2021

He said, “I think they’re still the same Browns team I play every year. I think they’re nameless grey faces. They have a couple good players on their team but at the end of the day…The Browns is the Browns.”

Juju’s comments should not come as a surprise. He is a provocative figure and consistently says and does things to get into the heads of his opponents.

Throughout the season, his pregame ritual included dancing on the logo of his opposition team’s stadium in an effort to have some fun at their expense.

Juju Smith-Schuster throwing shade at Cleveland

However, after many people questioned his antics as disrespectful, Juju put an end to the dancing ritual. The Steelers had a strong start to the season.

However, they lost all of their momentum in the final stretch of the season, as they went 1-4 in the last 5 games. Due to this, they lost their first seed position in the AFC to the Kansas City Chiefs.

For the Steelers, they will be hoping that their form in the last five games of the NFL was nothing more than a blip on the radar.

Jan 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) returns an interception as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) pursues during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

They need to recover their early season form in order to have some sustainable success in the Playoffs. Playing against Cleveland will not be easy, as the Browns showed their ability to fight through adversity to be able to make the Playoffs.

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Will Juju’s words come back to haunt the Steelers? The game against the Browns is pivotal for the Steelers as they aim to return to the Super Bowl after a long time.

If they want to make it to the Super Bowl, Juju must prove himself right and make short work of the Cleveland Browns along with other teams in the AFC.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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