adidas | Running With Ninja, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Maria Taylor

adidas | Running With Ninja, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Maria Taylor


What’s up everyone. It’s your girl Maria Taylor here. And I’m spending time with some of the most famous athletes and celebrities as we talk about sports, culture, and also creativity. And we’re doing it all while running. Tonight, I get to run with not one, but two superstars. One is an NFL wide receiver that took the league by storm. A philanthropist, and oh, by the way, a gamer? Juju Smith-Schuster, what’s up man? How you doing? And then another, is at the top of gaming. We got the GOAT of gaming that is going to join us. You might know him? Ninja! Oh, that’s my guy! It’s always good to see you man. Always good to see you. So what’s cool about this is – Nice to meet you Ninja. Nice to meet you. Y’all know each other. Absolutely man. You formed a little group called The Fantastic Four and you break streaming records. That’s just a normal day for you. A hundred percent. So basically the coolest friendship ever. We have an awesome list. Is it cool if we take the friendship on a run? Let’s do it. I’d love to. Are you a runner? No. I need an objective. But if I’m playing soccer or something like that I can just run forever. And football, you know, it’s a sprint from point A to point B, so you gotta run a lot. I have to do it for my job. Yeah, you have to be in shape. I get it. I don’t have to do it for my job. You don’t have to. You guys have created this family, I guess, around gaming. There’s something about it that brings everyone together that you were mentioning? I’ve had people that come up to me at events. They’ve reconnected with sons, brothers. They actually have a common interest. It’s amazing. It’s what gaming does. It’s what gaming can do. Juju, in a lot of ways, you push the boundaries. You know what I mean? Of what it might mean to just be an athlete. My biggest thing is, you can have fun off the field and still have fun on the field, you know. Play video games five hours a day and still score touchdowns! You can do whatever you want! I need a break. Y’all cool with slowing down? I’m down for a break. For sure. Something else that I think is so cool about you guys is the fact that this bond has happened between two people. Ten years ago, this would not have happened. Like you just would not have seen a jock or an NFL superstar playing with a, you know, a gamer. But it’s changed. It’s changed. I have, you know, siblings who are like, ‘Yo, you work with Ninja?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, you a fan?’ ‘I’m a fan too!’ I love how you hype him up and meanwhile he has his own foundation. I’m huge into senior citizens. So I love giving back to grandmas, grandpas, and the kids too, of course. But you know, it’s just what you feel inside. You do what you’re passionate about. And ask nothing in return. You ready to hit the road? Let’s hit the road again. I like the jump up. I feel good. You have to. I feel like you just got that Boost energy real quick. You’re ready to go. Hey Juju, I think we should go somewhere that you’re a little familiar with. A football field? I’m down. Okay, I wouldn’t bring you to a football field unless I was asking you to run a 50-yard dash. Oh god, are we sprinting? Ready? Combine style? Set. I cheated. Didn’t work at all. Still didn’t work! Tried to knock Ninja off. Second place baby! Still got second place. First. You already know. It’s the shoes. You know what we learned today? Ninja, you’re a runner! I run baby!

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