The Browns had a lot to celebrate after beating the Steelers Sunday. It snapped a 17-game losing streak to Pittsburgh and was the team’s first playoff win since 1994. But Cleveland players also had something sweeter to fuel their partying: Revenge.
Players cheered “The Browns is the Browns” in the locker room after the 48-37 win in Pittsburgh Sunday. That’s how Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster categorized his division rivals before the game.
“I think they’re nameless gray faces,” he said before the game. “They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns.”
Cleveland players took extra glee in their win after that remark. Video from inside the locker room shows Cleveland players mocking Smith-Schuster’s dance and calling out the wide receiver.
“The Browns gonna be the Browns,” running back Kareem Hunt screams out in an Instagram Live video, with guard Wyatt Teller responding “same old Browns, huh?!”
Quarterback Baker Mayfield even got in on the video saying “The Browns is the Browns!”
Smith-Schuster stood by his comment after the loss, but did try to re-interpret what he meant by them.
This wasn’t the first time Smith-Schuster has inspired an opponent by trash-talking, but it might be his last as a Steeler. The 24-year-old becomes a free agent in the off-season.
Browns’ Kareem Hunt Calls Out Kansas City Chiefs
Hunt fell into the same trap as Smith-Schuster when he said next week’s playoff game against the Chiefs is “personal.”
Calling someone out for trash talking while trash talking aside, Hunt is angry because the Chiefs released him 2018. Though the reason was that he was videotaped assaulting a woman outside of a Cleveland hotel, The Kansas City Star pointed out.
The Chiefs haven’t replied to Hunt’s comments. Though, it’s unlikely the team will need much in the way of motivation. Kansas City is the odds on favorite to win the Super Bowl. If anything, Hunt’s remarks will be a chant for the Chiefs this time in the locker room if they win.