James Bradberry addresses JuJu Smith-Schuster trolling him following Super Bowl loss
On 3rd & 4 with 1:54 remaining in Super Bowl LVII, Eagles CB James Bradberry infamously committed a defensive holding penalty on Chiefs WR JuJu Smtih-Schuster.
The questionable call granted Kansas City a first down, allowing them to run down the clock en route to a game-winning field goal.
Worst call in SB history and it ain’t close. pic.twitter.com/GnNHjWG0Wq— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) February 13, 2023
On coping with the loss, Bradberry stated that he takes pride in being accountable, as he was in the immediate aftermath despite hoping officials wouldn’t call the hold.
“I was just around my family and what not. So, they definitely helped me get my mind off of the game.” Bradberry said. “And I’m the kind of guy, you’ve got to put it behind you. It happened. And I’m looking forward to putting better film out there next year.
I think being accountable helps you as a player, helps you as a teammate, even helps you off the field. So, I try to keep accountability as one of my characteristics in my tool belt. I’m going to try not to lose that as I grow older.”
Smith-Schuster, however, used it as an opportunity to troll the All-Pro with a Valentine’s Day card.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody ❤️ pic.twitter.com/skXuZVgrYR— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) February 14, 2023
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Several Eagles players clapped back at JuJu, AJ Brown included, but Bradberry never addressed the tweet directly. With the Patriots (Smith-Schuster’s new home) serving as the season opener for Philadelphia in 2023, Bradberry was asked about the antics ahead of offseason workouts.
Reporter: “JuJu Smith Schuster has been pretty vocal since the end of the season, talking about the Super Bowl. Does it give you any extra motivation for the Week One matchup?”
Bradberry: “I’m assuming you’re talking about the postcard, right? Oh, yeah … We’re gonna see when that game comes how I feel. But right now, I’m not even thinking about it, to be honest with you. We lost, you know, so the postcard was really just — I don’t know it was. I didn’t like it.”
Bradberry and Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay formed one of the top corner tandems in football a season ago, contributing to the Eagles’ No. 1 overall pass defense. As he tested free agency, the 29-year-old stated that he ‘definitely’ wanted to return to Philadelphia, and that became a reality once the team pivoted away from CJ Gardner-Johnson.
Shoutout to the cafeteria staff at NovaCare, who were also key factors in Bradberry re-signing.
“I’m a foodie. Love the cafe,” Bradberry said. “There’s always great food in the cafe.”
Bradberry recorded 17 pass breakups and three interceptions last season while allowing just a 51.6 passer rating when targeted, the best of his career. His 79 passes defended in the previous five seasons lead all defensive backs over the span.
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