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Steelers LB Ryan Shazier discharged from rehabilitation center

Ryan Shazier

Every now and then, the National Football League reminds us how dangerous a sport the game of American football truly is. When a human being is lying on the ground motionless, it takes the world’s breath away.

Mark another one in the column of phenomenal news as Pittsburgh Steelers speedy linebacker Ryan Shazier utilized his top attribute and applied it towards his road to recovery. On Thursday, the 25-year-old Ohio State product posted a photo with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on his Instagram account after he was discharged from the rehabilitation center.

I’ve had a lot of 1st downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and out. With that being said, I want everyone to know that I’m moving on to the next step of the process. Today’s a big day for me as I’m officially being released from the hospital. I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me the past two months. First and foremost, I want to thank God because at the end of the day I don’t think I’d be making progress without His vision and hands protecting me and my family. I will continue to trust in Him and thank Him, because it all starts with Him. To my family: you’ve been my rock. Words can’t express how thankful I am for you Michelle, RJ, Mom, Dad, and VJ for always being there for me. You’re my everything. To Jerome: my trainer and best friend. Thank you for being there from day 1 and every day after continuing to push me to be better every day. I’d like to thank Dr. Okonkwo, Dr. Harrington, Dr. Maroon, and Dr. Schroeder for their amazing work on my procedure and continuous care. I can’t appropriately express how grateful I am for how quickly you’ve helped me bounce back. I want to thank the medical staff at UPMC for their amazing care, support and therapy they have given me- especially Joe, Nikki, Karolina and Dani. I know the staff will continue to help me find a way to keep on pushing as we continue therapy. The support from my teammates has been truly amazing. From former players to current players and their families- they have helped me and my family day to day with visits and gifts. We can’t thank you enough. I want to thank Mr. Rooney, Coach T, Mr. Colbert, and the entire Steelers organization for the unwavering support they’ve given me. I knew they were an amazing organization, but more than ever they’re family to me. Lastly, I want to thank Jimmy, Candice, and the CAA Sports staff for being here when I need them most. I don’t know if I’d be where I’m at or making the progress I’m making without you guys. I want everyone to know that all of the support and prayers are absolutely being answered. I will continue to work hard and push and find a way back. #Shalieve #Steelers #prayfor50

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Rehab was needed for the young man after a scary moment coming in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals early in December. In pass coverage, Shazier’s head was down as he attempted to tackle Bengals weapon Josh Malone. Immediately after, the entire foot world watched in stunned silence.

His legs failed to move whatsoever as he reached for his lower back. A spine injury was apparent.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, nearly two months after the injury, UPMC provided the heartwarming update that Ryan Shazier has officially been discharged from their care.

Shazier made sure to thank the world. His Instagram photo comment was thorough, highlighted by his genuine thanks to many around him.

I’ve had a lot of 1st downs at UPMC, but you know being the defensive guy I am, my mind is on 3 and out. With that being said, I want everyone to know that I’m moving on to the next step of the process. Today’s a big day for me as I’m officially being released from the hospital.

I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped me the past two months. First and foremost, I want to thank God because at the end of the day I don’t think I’d be making progress without His vision and hands protecting me and my family. I will continue to trust in Him and thank Him, because it all starts with Him.

Ryan Shazier has played four seasons in the NFL. The last two have come in Pro Bowl form. He’s thus far racked up 205 tackles, seven interceptions and seven sacks in 46 games.

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