Steelers Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster On A Gaming Life During The NFL's Offseason

Steelers Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster On A Gaming Life During The NFL's Offseason
From Uproxx - February 12, 2018

As a rookie, JuJu Smith-Schuster made an immediate impact for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have a dynamic offense and some of the best players in the league. Its not easy to come onto a squad with the likes of Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell and raise eyebrows, but Smith-Schuster did just that. Now he wants gamers to take notice of his skills off the field.

Smith-Schuster is a deadly sniper and a burgeoning pro gamer. As a member of FaZe Clan, hes now on an elite NFL team and an elite esports team, which could be a first for the ever-growing world of competitive gaming.

We spoke to Smith-Schuster after his Super Bowl Call of Duty stream with Randy Moss about how his experiences in the NFL informed an off the field gaming career and how he can use gaming to continue his love of professional competition in the offseason.

How long have you been playing Call of Duty?

Ive been playing since I was a kid, since like World at War and then Ive been growing into sniping, thats like my thing. I did it a little bit, hardcore since its a lot harder actually, but I do this thing where I just pull clips, where I dont know if youve seen on my social media, on YouTube, its basically just getting four kills back to back and making a feed.

I did actually watch that, and I was really impressed by how damn good you are. Do you have aspirations to make this into an offseason semi-pro thing for yourself?

Yeah man, so I do have a Twitch, and Im going to start live streaming more and pull some more videos, some crazy clips. Im part of this clan, its called FaZe Clan, I dont know if youve seen or heard of it. Im a part of them and Im working with them this offseason and we do a lot of fun stuff so itll be interesting.

So when you say youre working with them are you training to become a better CoD player?

Yeah, for sure. I play with them, every time I can get online Im on there with them. Im trying to get better you know.

Youre obviously living the dreams as an NFL football player, but realistically how awesome is it to be playing at these top levels of Esports and playing CoD with the best of the best?


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