Ryan Shazier stands at Pittsburgh Penguins game

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier showed at Wednesday nights Pittsburgh Penguins game that he is continuing to make progress in recovering from the severe spinal cord injury he suffered last season.

Shazier stood up to lead the crowd in a “Let’s Go Pens!” chant, and he was given a microphone and told the fans, “It’s a hockey night in Pittsburgh.”

Shazier looked steady and comfortable standing, an improvement over previous images that have shown him needing help to get out of his wheelchair.

The 25-year-old Shazier suffered the injury last year in a game against the Bengals. The Steelers have already announced that Shazier will not be able to play in 2018.

22 responses to “Ryan Shazier stands at Pittsburgh Penguins game

  1. Hope the young man continues to progress. I also hope he has some strong and ethical financial planners on his payroll because he should not even think of playing again.

  2. If he regains full mobility, it would be a wonderful story. It’s too selfish of us football fans to wish for him to also entertain us again on the football field, but if that somehow happened it would be even more wonderful. Not sure he wants to play again even if he can, but I hope he gets exactly what he is wishing for.

  3. nyneal says:
    April 12, 2018 at 6:32 am
    Awesome. I hope he continues to make progress.

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    What kind of person down-votes this?

  4. April 12, 2018 at 8:11 am
    nyneal says:
    Awesome. I hope he continues to make progress.
    What kind of person down-votes this?

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    The same tools that always down-vote condolences when someone dies.

  5. That’s amazing news. Hopefully he can get back to normal movement. Some things are more important than football, and this is definitely one of them.

  6. nhpats, I was wondering the same thing..smh. I know it’s his goal to do so, so for his sake hopefully he does get the all-clear some day. I’m a diehard Steelers fan, but to echo some previous comments, I’d be just fine if he never suited up again.

  7. 3H3_VIBurgh says:
    April 12, 2018 at 9:17 am
    nhpats, I was wondering the same thing..smh. I know it’s his goal to do so, so for his sake hopefully he does get the all-clear some day. I’m a diehard Steelers fan, but to echo some previous comments, I’d be just fine if he never suited up again.

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    If Shazier were to come back and play it would be an unbelievable story. But given the nature and severity of his injury, I hope he does not even consider it. The kid is 25 and still has his entire life ahead of him. Family, kids…it’s just not worth the risk.

    He will always be remember and respected as a solid competitor by this Pats fan. I wish him well.

  8. Good news – glad to hear he is making good progress. I also would doubt he ever plays again, but sincerely hope he recovers to lead a full, “normal” life. Hopefully he can invest that 5th year paycheck wisely and be set for life.

  9. I’m sure his goal of playing again is helping him get through these challenging days, but I sincerely hope that when he makes his complete and full recovery, he does the smart thing and chooses not to come back. The Steelers are a classy enough organization that if he wanted to stay around the game or with the team in some capacity, I’m sure they would find a spot for him.

  10. Awesome news

    On a side note, why is it so important for fans on here to announce that they’re a fan of a rival team or not a Steelers fan? As if that should matter?

  11. Looks like he is making great progress. But as some commenters have said, they “hope he makes it all the way back”. If they mean playing again, that will not be up to him. It’s unlikely any team would take the risk.

  12. When you see people down thumbing something like this, you know what kind of people you are dealing with on this site a lot of times.

  13. People who down vote something like this unfortunately are a reflection of real life – there is an a-hole in every crowd.

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