Even before kickoff tonight, the Bengals will be fighting to keep their composure.
Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has made a habit of dancing on opposing team’s midfield logo before every road game. Last week, the young pass-catcher upset members of the Buffalo Bills before the Bills ended up toppling the Steelers. Win or lose, it doesn’t affect Smith-Schuster’s pregame routine.
“I’m not going to stop being myself. I’m going to keep being the JuJu I came to be,” Smith-Schuster said. “This is something I’ve been doing. I plan to keep doing it.”
This topic was addressed to Bengals safety Vonn Bell this week, and he gave about as honest of an answer that there is.
“It’s kind of disrespectful at the end of the day. But they’re on top right now so you can’t really say nothing right now,” Bell said. “We just gotta go out there, between the lines, go out there and hit him and let him know where he stands.”
Bengals will be ready for JuJu's logo dance pic.twitter.com/96UkMbLPjw— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) December 20, 2020
Smith-Schuster is only 24 years old and he’s well established in the bi-annual meetings with the Bengals. As a rookie, he sparked controversy with his hit on Vontaze Burfict, and that has never left the minds of either fanbase.
Hopefully Bell sticks to his word and keeps it “between the lines.”