JuJu's take on COVID-19 memo & paying TJ Watt

Smith-Schuster says he continues to lead by example
JuJu Smith-Schuster smiling
Photo credit Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster criticized off the field for craving attention by some. For stepping on logos, signing to be a sponsor of Trojan condoms or just how outgoing and sometimes carefree or careless his life seems.

The NFL sent a memo to teams Thursday about enforcing forfeits and not rescheduling games due to COVID-19 infections among its non-vaccinated players.  Several players have been outspoken about it.  To his credit, Smith-Schuster had one of the more thoughtful takes we’ve seen.

“I think everyone has a say,” JuJu said Friday.  “Everyone has a voice.  We are all adults.  At the end of the day, it’s their own health and their own body.  Do whatever is right for you.”

“For me, obviously I got the vaccine.  That’s how I feel.  With everything that is going on, it’s tough for everybody in their decision.  So I can understand.”

Smith-Schuster said he agrees the NFL enforcement on this issue.

Not just on this, but Smith-Schuster appeared to be locked in during practices and the Friday media session.  He knows a few offensive leaders are gone, but will only try to be himself.

“I lead by example with action,” Smith-Schuster said.  “I don't say a whole lot, if I do, it's rare.  I'll let that to Ben and some of the other guys to speak to the team."

If he was outspoken about anything, it was about a member of his draft class, TJ Watt, getting a long-term contract with the Steelers.

“They got to pay TJ, they have to take care of TJ,” Smith-Schuster said.  “He's a non-stop working guy.  He deserves it, every bit of it.  If anyone on our team, he's a guy that will be great for our team, not just now but in the future."

“He means so much.  I’m not just talking about on the field, but off the field.  He not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk.  That’s something you want in your locker room.”

Asked what he would pay Watt, JuJu said between 130-150 million plus, ‘easily’.

Smith-Schuster said he continues to move around in his receiver role in the Matt Canada offense, working some outside along with inside.  He believes the receiver group is still the strength of the team.