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Ryan Shazier set to join exclusive club for Steelers

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No pressure, kid.

It’s not very often a defensive rookie starts the opener for the Steelers, but linebacker Ryan Shazier is about to do just that.

According to Ron Musselman of the Beaver County Times, Shazier will be the first since Kendrell Bell 13 years ago, and he went onto win defensive rookie of the year honors.

Prior to that, the last one was Jack Lambert in 1974, so Shazier realizes the expectations.

It’s been a dream of mine my whole life, to play in the NFL, and then the first game of my career is going to be a start,” Shazier said. “Words will not even be able to describe it. It puts me in nice company.”

Yes it does.

While their defense has been traditionally good, they’ve needed a shot of youth over there for some time. Shazier’s shown the athleticism and instincts needed, and should help immediately.

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23 Responses to “Ryan Shazier set to join exclusive club for Steelers”
  1. 6ball says: Sep 1, 2014 8:46 AM

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    Well, duh! PFT recently named him as part of the greatest linebacking corp in the NFL.
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  2. clashpoint says: Sep 1, 2014 9:00 AM

    Shazier’s got all the potential you could ever ask for, big-time, splash play potential. The Steelers fans just have to be patient with him while he realizes it. He isn’t even 22 yet, I love that so much. While he’s shown a great learning curve, there’s still an awful lot for him yet to learn about playing linebacker in the NFL, much less linebacker for the Steelers defense. It’ll be great watching him grow up as a Steeler.

    Go Steelers!

  3. tebowbrokesteelers says: Sep 1, 2014 9:03 AM

    Ok so you are starting for a team that hasn’t had a winning season or any playoff appearances since Tim Tebow beat the steelers years ago in the playoffs, WOW what an accomplishment! Exclusive club? Hahahahahaha

  4. bettis3636 says: Sep 1, 2014 9:15 AM

    The kid has all the tools to be very special… im hoping for a healthy productive year from him. Kendrell Bell was a awesome talent that injuries derailed his promising career… i hope Ryan can avoid that road!

  5. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Sep 1, 2014 9:33 AM

    Best LB in the league after David Harris of the NEW-YORK-JETS!!!!!

  6. partmachine says: Sep 1, 2014 9:38 AM

    It’s not because he’s so good it’s because the rest of the team is so bad.

  7. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 1, 2014 9:49 AM

    Ok so you are starting for a team that hasn’t had a winning season or any playoff appearances since Tim Tebow beat the steelers years ago in the playoffs, WOW what an accomplishment! Exclusive club? Hahahahahaha

    15 15
    Once a Kremis always a Kremis…..you can change a name but the output is the same childish stuff.

    On a serious adult note Shazier will need some time and will make some mistakes yet he has a great upside. Go Steelers!

  8. 6superbowls says: Sep 1, 2014 9:53 AM

    Keep on hatin Tebow lover. We’ll see who laughs last in 17 weeks.

  9. dcapettini says: Sep 1, 2014 9:53 AM

    Every team seems to have good luck or good judgement about some particular position. The Steelers have always had fine linebackers and it appears that they made a good choice again. Too bad they always seem to whiff with O-linemen.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says: Sep 1, 2014 10:03 AM

    Every team seems to have good luck or good judgement about some particular position. The Steelers have always had fine linebackers and it appears that they made a good choice again. Too bad they always seem to whiff with O-linemen.

    And some teams have bad luck with criminals named Ray….too bad the fans in Baltimore love their criminals.

  11. Canyonero says: Sep 1, 2014 10:18 AM

    Recall that Kendrell Bell did nothing after his incredible rookie season..

    Hope that’s NOT the case with Ryan Shazier.

  12. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:20 AM

    Steelers are in for another lousy season and no playoffs.

  13. kevin7777777 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:34 AM

    Shazier’s extremely talented AND is being coached by former Steelers linebacker (Bakersfield native) Joey Porter. Porter was the leader of the Steelers D when he played and will help Shazier develop into an outstanding linebacker and NFL great.

  14. stillers213 says: Sep 1, 2014 10:41 AM

    This kis is going to be really fun to watch. I know one thing though, he won’t be doing any shampoo commercials!
    The front office has done a nice job of injecting talented youth into this team in just one off-season. When you consider some of the coaching staff additions as well, I think this team is going to surprise a lot of people.

  15. ohiostatefootballsucks2014 says: Sep 1, 2014 11:46 AM

    Typical steeler and suckeye cheap shot artist, kneeing Sammy Watkins in the ribs. Someone should give him paybacks.

  16. forty9asty says: Sep 1, 2014 11:49 AM

    Kid may be good, but who stole his eyebrows?

  17. scarter865 says: Sep 1, 2014 12:10 PM

    I thought Jarvis Jones started game one of his rookie year?

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 1, 2014 2:19 PM

    In preseason play Shazier was getting bounced around by opposing offensive linemen like a beach ball at a Kenny Chesney concert.

  19. stillers213 says: Sep 1, 2014 5:08 PM

    Shaz wasn’t drafted to take on linemen. Lebeau will use him in open space more often than not, b ut you won’t see that in the vanilla preseason.

  20. steelcurtainn says: Sep 1, 2014 10:18 PM

    Recognize eventual greatness people. Future Superbowl winner, Pro Bowler and Defensive player of the year. Coming to a theatre near you.

  21. tinytoolalldrool says: Sep 3, 2014 7:23 AM

    I think he should inducted into the Hall of Fame today lol.

  22. doc-kit says: Sep 6, 2014 2:22 AM

    The young mack also skipped his senior year in Columbus to make the move up I-70.

    Sweep the division they will.

    XLIX = 7

  23. hakunamangata says: Sep 6, 2014 2:12 PM

    Who dressed sloth from the gonnies in a Steeler jersey?

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