The Pittsburgh Steelers might not have made it to the Super Bowl this year, but that has not stopped JuJu Smith-Schuster from enjoying some of the festivities in Atlanta this week. In town to promote EA Sports Madden 19 among other brands, the young receiver was a popular guest along radio row on Wednesday, appearing on a number of national radio talk show to discuss the Steelers 2018 season.
With Antonio Brown the main topic of conversation wherever he went, most of the radio show hosts essentially asked the same questions, with Smith-Schuster giving pretty much the same answers each time he spoke.
While some website have written as many a five separate articles about the repetitive remarks from his interviews, the responses Smith-Schuster gave barely merit one. Doing his best to avoid any controversy, the second year receiver reiterated his desire to see both Brown and Le’Veon Bell back with Pittsburgh in 2019 and denied there was an animosity between him and AB over the MVP award.
Believing the situation between Brown and the team can be fixed, Smith-Schuster clearly feels the Steelers are better with AB on the roster.
Will Antonio Brown be back with the Steelers next season?— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 30, 2019
“For sure,” says @TeamJuJu pic.twitter.com/GbgOEbg5TP
Admitting that he thought about his fumble against the New Orleans Saints constantly, the Steelers leading receiver in 2018 believes his mistake cost Pittsburgh a playoff berth.
“I think about it night and day. So tough. I mean obviously you live and learn from it, but it’s also that possibility of what if.”
Asked if the Steelers would have made the postseason if the fumble had not happened, Smith-Schuster was is no doubt about the significance of his mistake.
“Oh for sure, probably already got a playoff seed and definitely got a spot.”
And when asked about the images of Brown in a San Francisco 49ers uniform that AB had posted on Instagram, Smith-Schuster would dismiss that as just “AB being AB.”
Live from Radio Row: One-on-one with Pittsburgh Steelers’ JuJu Smith-Schuster https://t.co/q3d7yoRfob— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) January 30, 2019
Among the more notable comments from his all of his multiple interviews was the revelation that his knee was feeling good despite leaving the game early during the Pro Bowl on Sunday. As he told Shannon Sharpe on the Fox Sports show Undisputed.
“The knee is great, definitely. Staying positive, staying healthy. Obviously, coming back next season even stronger, even better.”
However. perhaps his most telling quote of the day might have been one of his final remarks from his interview on Undisputed.
“I’ve been asked about AB, L Bell all day this morning, it’s getting tiring man.”