Ryan Shazier says he continues to improve

AP

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a serious spinal-cord injury in December, attended Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday.

Via ESPN, Shazier stood without assistance, as the fans cheered the former Buckeyes standout.

Every day I’m getting a lot better,” Shazier told Marty Smith of ESPN. “I’m able to move around a lot more. I’m doing 1,000 times better than I was in December, and I’m just thanking everybody and all the prayers, because that’s definitely helping me get a lot better.”

Shazier explained that he has learned a few things over the last four months.

“You just always have to understand that anything can happen,” Shazier said. “Everybody always says it, but you always never think it can be you. In this situation, it really made me realize that. It also made me realize that in certain causes that a lot of people can come together no matter what the situation is, and I’m really thankful for that.”

Shazier has maintained a positive outlook throughout his ordeal, and he has said he intends to play again. Even if that never happens, he’s remarkably well along the way to living a normal life.

24 responses to “Ryan Shazier says he continues to improve

  1. Good. Glad he’s getting better just in time for OTA’s.
    Should be 100% by the time training camp opens.

  2. He has a great attitude. Wishing him a full recovery, regardless if he plays football or not.

  3. Cheers, Ryan.

    It takes a special kind of someone to pull through what you have been through.

    My best wishes for you, your family, and your recovery.

  4. indiapalealeblog says:
    April 14, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I hope he has a full recovery, forget about football, just have a normal life.

    So true. But easy for us to say. Football is this guy’s life. He may heal on the outside, but he may die on the inside if he doesn’t at least try.

  5. and of course ….Idiots thumbing down for a PERSON (NOT FOOTBALL PLAYER) Battling back from A HORRIBLE INNCIDENT !! ..u ppl make me sick !!!!GOOD LUCK… BEST TOO U RYAN !!!! BILLS FAN !!!!!!I WISH U WELL !!!!!!!!!

  6. I wish him the best ,but football is his life goal
    and I’ll put money he plays football in 2019 for the steelers
    I can see the path he’s taken and he only see’s one way
    so don’t get in the way of Ryan

  7. I wish this site made ppl post their profiles so we Knew who the pansies where posting Negative comments…u little girls wouldn’t post !!

  8. Glad to see he is getting some functions back, but aspiring to play football again must be for motivation…if not he is in for a rude awakening

  9. David Szwartz says:
    April 14, 2018 at 7:59 pm
    I wish this site made ppl post their profiles so we Knew who the pansies where posting Negative comments…u little girls wouldn’t post

    Post your profile/address/phone#, nope, didn’t think so

  10. David Szwartz says:
    April 14, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    I wish this site made ppl post their profiles so we Knew who the pansies where posting Negative comments…u little girls wouldn’t post !!

    _______________________________________________

    Hey Everybody!!! The toughest guy in the forum has arrived. He’s going to beat everybody up so make sure you give him all your Personal Info so he can swing by. His mothers basement is starting to get musty.

  11. I wish him the absolute best in his recovery, but with the way he was tackling (spearing), he was bound to hurt either himself or someone else. He about killed Giovani Bernard with a vicious helmet to helmet that knocked Gio out cold. This led to a rule change the next offseason.

  12. I wish him well also and as for playing again and some saying he’ll die inside if he doesn’t try. Think about his loved ones watching him play again? I pray for him to have the strength to NOT play again. He can coach or assist. That injury might get better but, it will never go away

  13. Wishing him a complete and full recovery. I hope he gets smart and goes into coaching or something else and doesn’t play football again. One near miss is enough.

  14. At least we see some empathy and compassion on this board. Not a bunch of overweight under-employed losers complaining about violence being legislated out of the game. This is just a kid, he had his life turned upside-down in a flash. The game isn’t fun when it is so devastating. I like big hits but I’d rather see 1000 more penalties per season than one more kid have to go through this.

  15. Good for him, I hope he walks again. I seriously doubt he’ll ever play in NFL again. Vinny Paz wore a halo for months and recovered from a broken neck to win multiple world titles as middleweight/super middleweight…Ryan’s injury is different…self inflicted as he launched himself as missile, helmet first. Find the play on youtube to dispute my claim. His injury, and the increase in concussed players are the reasons a new rule was established for 2018 season…see what you hit, hit what you see…eyes up, head up, wrap up! I sympathize with Ryan but he did this to himself. I only wish this site reported it accurately & mentioned it in any Ryan Shazier recovery story…

  16. Who cares. Even when healthy he could never start on the Vikings Defense.
    Training camp can’t start soon enough.
    After this season, poor Erin Rogers won’t be able to walk either.
    And as for the Internet bullies on this site, cool it.
    We are all entitled to our opinion.
    Purple Pride!
    2018 year of the horn!!!

  17. PurplePride776 says:
    April 15, 2018 at 10:33 am
    Who cares. Even when healthy he could never start on the Vikings Defense.
    Training camp can’t start soon enough.
    After this season, poor Erin Rogers won’t be able to walk either.
    And as for the Internet bullies on this site, cool it.
    We are all entitled to our opinion.
    Purple Pride!
    2018 year of the horn!!!

    ————

    Here is a fact: the Viking have never won even a single SB.

    Now here is an opinion: they won’t win one any time soon

  18. It was a very tragic moment when Ryan was injured.
    I hate to see any player go down in such a way.
    I love the sport of football, but not the unfortunate side of significant injuries that take their toll on the players.

    It’s been truly inspiring to see the positive steps Ryan has made already in what’s been a very short time of rehab.
    I sincerely hope he continues to make strides to a full recovery.

    Unfortunately, as a Packer fan, I usually hold a front row seat to the Viking fan base liberal use of inappropriate comments and vulgarities.
    Last season, they all reacted with absolute glee to Aaron Rodgers’ broken collarbone and only seemed disappointed when it didn’t turn out to be worse.
    My only inclination is the fact that the years of bitterness and self loathing have caused them to lash out at others.
    They act out like angry children seeking attention.
    Any attention, even if it’s negative to give them some sense of relevance.
    Sad.

  19. Shazier explained that he has learned a few things over the last four months. “You just always have to understand that anything can happen,” Shazier said. “Everybody always says it, but you always never think it can be you. In this situation, it really made me realize that. It also made me realize that in certain causes that a lot of people can come together no matter what the situation is, and I’m really thankful for that.”
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    …….that’s right Shazier…..

    …….you never think it could U you till it is.

    Think of all the guys you’ve put into concussion protocol over the years, without sparing a thought for their well-being with your cheap head-shots. All the condolences for Shaziers’ condition are empty unless we all spend some moments asking HOW and WHY he got injured; and its down to his lousy tackling technique, and the even worse coaching in Pittsburgh for not straightening him out.

    Perhaps if there’s one thing you could learn Ryan; its how to tackle your opponents properly, without endangering their career and yours……..

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