JuJu Smith-Schuster shared his lofty aspirations for the team after the Pittsburgh Steelers used a first round pick to select running back Najee Harris.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, who turned down a bigger deal from the Ravens to return to the team, said once he saw the franchise select Harris, he reached out to the Alabama product and told him about his championship goals.
“I knew it was a possibility knowing that James Conner has moved on,” Smith-Schuster said on “The Jake Asman Show” on SportsMap Radio. “For us, Coach Tomlin has always drafted a defensive player in the first round, that’s what he’s known for, but for the first time, he’s drafted a running back in the first round. … I was so hyped. I texted Najee, I was like, ‘We’re excited to get some work in, I can’t wait to win the Super Bowl.'”
In 2020, the Steelers finished last in rushing, so the team used a first-round pick on a running back for the first time since 2008 and let Conner walk in free agency.
As you are well aware, the Pittsburgh Steelers started the 2020 season at 11-0, but then fell off a map as they lost five of their last six games, including a playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
In a contract year, JuJu caught 97 passes for 831 yards and a career-high 9 touchdowns.
Harris left Alabama as the school’s all-time leader in total touchdowns (57), rushing touchdowns (46, surpassing Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry last season), and rushing yards with 3,843. Last season, Harris led all of college football with 30 total touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns.