JuJu Smith-Schuster was ready to channel his inner T.O. against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but the Cowboys were not having any of it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver planned to recreate the infamous Terrell Owens’ Dallas star celebration after a fourth quarter touchdown that pulled the Steelers within four.
After finding the end zone for the 31-yard score, Smith-Schuster was seen running back toward the middle of the field with the ball in his hand when Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory smacked it out of his hands.
The Steelers receiver picked it back up and continued to head to the star but after the game he said that running back James Conner stopped him on his way and told him not to worry about it because it was a close game.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys said they had a feeling before the game that Smith-Schuster would try to do that and made sure he wouldn’t get there.
“Absolutely,” defensive tackle Antwaun Woods told reporters after the game. “I saw a video before the game that had him on the star. I knew that was something he might do. I was going to make sure he didn’t get there. We have zero tolerance for that.”
Smith-Schuster appeared to still do a watered-down version of the T.O. celebration at the 40-yard line instead of the star. Owens retweeted a screengrab of it and appeared to be a fan.
Owens, of course, pulled the move as a member of the 49ers – prior to his stint with the Cowboys – and was knocked off the star by Dallas’ George Teague.
Owens had done it with the Niners up 22 points in the game, while Smith-Schuster attempted to do it with the Steelers still trailing. The Steelers did eventually pull out the victory though to improve to 8-0 and remain the only undefeated team left in the NFL.