Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster did not perform an on-field dance on his Tik Tok social media platform on Sunday, following through on his pledge to stop the practice after it became a “distraction” following Steelers losses at Buffalo and Cincinnati.
Instead, Smith-Schuster performed his signature dance to the Popp Hunna song Adderall (Corvette, Corvette) in the Steelers locker room after scoring the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers’ 28-24 division-clinching win over the Indianapolis Colts.
He had some backup dancers, as well, with several Steelers backs and receivers joining him while dancing on the Steelers wordmark in the locker room at Heinz Field.
Smith-Schuster maintained that his dancing on the midfield logo pregame, which he had done before both home and road games, was not intended to be disrespectful, and that he only meant to have fun and connect with his fans through social media.
But after back-to-back opponents cited the dancing as motivation while beating the Steelers. Bengals safety Von Bell specifically said he was looking for an opportunity to hit Smith-Schuster hard, and got that chance in the first half, causing a fumble that Cincinnati recovered.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in the week leading up to the Colts game that he we would talk to Smith-Schuster about the practice, but said he did not feel it had an impact on the outcome of the games the team lost.