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. It’s not easy to come onto a squad with the likes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon 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, he’s 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?
I’ve been playing since I was a kid, since like World at War and then I’ve been growing into sniping, that’s like my thing. I did it a little bit, hardcore since it’s a lot harder actually, but I do this thing where I just pull clips, where I don’t know if you’ve seen on my social media, on YouTube, it’s 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 I’m going to start live streaming more and pull some more videos, some crazy clips. I’m part of this clan, it’s called FaZe Clan, I don’t know if you’ve seen or heard of it. I’m a part of them and I’m working with them this offseason and we do a lot of fun stuff so it’ll be interesting.
So when you say you’re 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 I’m on there with them. I’m trying to get better you know.