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JuJu Smith-Schuster expects payback from ‘savage’ Vontaze Burfict over hit

JuJu Smith-Schuster laid out Vontaze Burfict during a game with a brutal hit late last season and expects the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker to be thinking revenge come next season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was suspended by the NFL suspended him one game after aggressively blocking — and subsequently standing over and taunting — Burfict during a Week 13 victory.

Burfict of course has a checkered past — to put it mildly — when it comes to questionable hits and dirty antics on the field, especially when it comes to the blood feud that exists between the Bengals and Steelers. Given the animosity and history, many felt Smith-Schuster’s devastating block was an example of deserved comeuppance.

That said, Smith-Schuster seemed to relish his role in enforcing karmic payback on Burfict. Several GIFs, videos, memes and the like could be found on the Steelers wideout’s social media accounts. However, Smith-Schuster declined responsibility for them. And yet, he enjoyed the fringe benefits of his efforts.

“I’m not even the one making those. The fans are doing those,” Smith-Schuster recently told Bleacher Report’s Master Tefatsion, via Steelers Depot. “I didn’t know how big it was to take Burfict out like that. After that hit, I don’t have to pay for anything. When I go to bars, I don’t have to pay for drinks or anything. “Yo, we appreciate what you did,” and stuff like that.

“I remember my last week here [during the season], I didn’t have to pay for no meals. I went out to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every day and didn’t have to pay for nothing.”

Smith-Schuster nevertheless recognizes when it comes to those of Burfict’s ilk, the risk of being on the receiving end of such a hit as a means of revenge is a distinct possibility, if not a likely one.

“It’s going to be crazy. I’ve gotta keep my head on a swivel,” Smith-Schuster said. “He’s a savage.”

The Steelers of course face the hated division-rival Bengals twice next season, in Week 6 and again to close out the season in Week 17.