Steelers LB Ryan Shazier stands to cheers at Ohio State spring game
Although the NFL is entering the final phase of the offseason, college football has already kicked spring training into full gear. Among the notable scrimmages to occur across the country over the past week was Ohio State’s Scarlett and Grey Game.
The exhibition between the team was business as usual. However, it did feature one notable guest as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier made a special appearance as an honorary captain and even stood up on his own two feet.
According to ESPN’s Marty Smith, Shazier says he has made tremendous strides in his healing process:
“Every day I’m getting a lot better and I’m able to move around more,” Shazier. “I’m doing a thousand times better than I was in December.”
As many people know, Shazier suffered a devastating spinal injury in early December of the 2017 NFL season. He then underwent surgery immediately in order to stabilize his injury to prevent further damage. Needless to say, the incident continues to serve as a cautionary tale about the true dangers of football.
Fortunately, it is clear that Shazier has made tremendous progress after returning to his alma mater to serve as an honorary captain. The former Buckeye was an All-American and first-team All-Big Ten back in his college days. He was subsequently taken by the Steelers with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Shazier has since established himself as one of the most promising, young linebackers in the game after earning two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. It goes without saying that the NFL world is glad to see that he is literally back on his feet and getting better every day.