Ryan Shazier driving himself, and others while at Steelers practices

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Ryan Shazier‘s father Vernon was as moved as the rest of us, when his son walked across the stage at the 2018 NFL Draft.

And while he said his son is still  “submerged” in rehab after last year’s spinal injury, he’s encouraged by the progress he has made so far and the support he’s gotten from others.

Vernon Shazier told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com that Ryan is even driving a car to rehab appointments, though he often gets rides, including to the Steelers facility.

While there, the veteran linebacker is acting as a mentor and an inspiration, which his father refers to as: “Finding a way to lead other than making tackles.”

He’s been at Steelers OTAs, watching from a golf cart and helping young players as he can. He’s also stayed connected, helping with a football camp along with teamamte Jesse James.

“He’s always around. He’s in meetings, I see him working in the training room, working in the weight room,” James said. “Just taking it one day at a time, doing his thing, helping the team as much as he can. . . .

“He’s always an uplifting and positive guy, so it was awesome to see him out in the community. He was chirping a little bit, talking, he was trying to find the big kids to organize races.”

Those might seem like little things, since he won’t play football this year (or perhaps ever), but Shazier remains an uplifting example for those around him.

9 responses to “Ryan Shazier driving himself, and others while at Steelers practices

  1. He was walking at the draft. No reason he shouldn’t be fully recovered and ready to go by the time veterans report to training camp.

  2. Hope he’s telling those young players to tackle with their heads up, not down like he did. How someone never corrected him blows my mind. He’s lucking he’s as far along as he is in the rehab process. Let’s hope that keeps progressing forward.

  3. He may never play again but this is great news. He could be sitting at home or off vacationing somewhere with his guaranteed millions, but he’s keeping himself involved with the team and community in addition to his own recovery.

  4. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    May 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    I’ve seen Ryan Shazier’s eyebrows on the back of a milk carton

    Right next to your dignity. He has a medical condition which prevents hair from growing on his body.

  5. enoughofthatalready says:
    May 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    ragnarthemagnificent says:
    May 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    I’ve seen Ryan Shazier’s eyebrows on the back of a milk carton

    Right next to your dignity. He has a medical condition which prevents hair from growing on his body.

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    I’m ruthless, you better believe it. Now I guess he has two medical conditions huh?

  6. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    May 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I’m ruthless, you better believe it. Now I guess he has two medical conditions huh?

    ________________

    You misspelled “clueless”

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