Ryan Shazier walks across the field unassisted at Steelers camp

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier‘s impressive recovery from a serious spinal cord injury continues.

Shazier posted a video on Twitter of himself walking across the field at Steelers training camp, not using a cane and not getting any assistance from anyone. Although he walked slowly and deliberately, he appears to have made progress even since last week, when he was walking at Steelers camp with the help of a cane.

“Today was a great day,” Shazier wrote. “The team had a wonderful practice. But I also got to enjoy the fans! If you were able to make it to the stadium, here is a little bit of what happened! I promise you the lord is not done working yet! Keep Shalieving #shalieve.”

When the 25-year-old Shazier was stretchered off the field in Cincinnati on December 4, there were fears that he might never walk again. Eight months later, he doesn’t even need help to walk. Shazier has said he’s still hoping he can recover well enough to play football again, but at the very least he has recovered well enough to live a normal life.

43 responses to “Ryan Shazier walks across the field unassisted at Steelers camp

  1. I don’t care if you’re the biggest Steeler and/or Buckeye fan or biggest Steeler and/or Buckeye hater…..this is a great moment for that young man and it should be celebrated.

  2. medical technology is just short of miraculous;

    here’s hoping the kid sees this and realises he is destined for another, brighter shining path—unless he chooses to question our Father’s judgement…

  3. That’s what happens when you use your helmet as a weapon when making tackles. Shazier was one of the dirtiest players when he played. The NFL is better off without him. Good riddance

  4. This is an incredible story..Steelers fan or not!

    I hope he returns to the NFL but, only as a coach or in the front office. He beat the odds this time. Playing football isn’t cool..walking and running with your grandkids is cool!!

  5. There is nothing inspirational about Ryan Shazier. His dirty play just caught up with him, and he got hurt because of it. Next time don’t spear defenseless receivers. #KeepPoundin

  6. camsbiggestfan says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    That’s what happens when you use your helmet as a weapon when making tackles. Shazier was one of the dirtiest players when he played. The NFL is better off without him. Good riddance

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    Every time something bad happens in your life, I want you to think about this moment. Cam Newton and any other player would be ashamed to have you as a fan

  7. To those who feel he deserves this somehow – no, he does not.
    Dirty players do not deserve to be nearly-paralyzed. No player has been that dirty.
    This is not what’s coming to dirty players via karma, either.
    This is a very rare occurence in the midst of decades of violent collisions.

    I know I considered him a little dirty, yes, but the man’s health and his recovery has nothing to do with how clean or dirty he played.

  8. Then ya’ll should be fine with me hoping that someone broke Mike Vick’s legs after he returned from killing dogs.
    Ryan was not a dirty player IMO.it may appear so compared to today’s players who prefer 2-hand touch since they could break a nail or be offended by trash talk.

  9. For those who are hating on this man, shame on you. He has given EVERYTHING just to be able to walk again. He is an INSPIRATION to us all. SHALIEVE!!!

  10. What a great story. Even if he never plays another snap, he is an inspiration no doubt.

  11. Re: camsbiggestfan says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    That’s what happens when you use your helmet as a weapon when making tackles. Shazier was one of the dirtiest players when he played. The NFL is better off without him. Good riddance

    You, sir, are an awful human being. Karma shall visit you, and soon. Why would you say those things? If you don’t have something constructive to say, don’t say anything.

  12. My two favorite NFL teams are the Browns and whomever is playing the Steelers. I am a huge Penn State fan and cannot stand the Buckeyes.

    That being said, I’m cheering for him… good on this kid for being able to walk again… and working toward trying to get back on the field.

    Shame on those saying he’s a dirty player and somehow “deserved” this. The NFL is a mans game. Injuries happen; but to wish injury on anyone is just a horrible outlook. Look at your own life and seek help. Pathetic.

  13. Finally, a story that doesn’t involve the National Anthem, or T O, and no Kaep! Not a Steelers fan, but I wish Ryan Shazier the best.

  14. Kudos to the young man in his journey! Hope he realizes that the overall quality of life is more important than getting back onto the football field. Not worth risking another injury.

  15. What are his thoughts on the revolt of players and couch potatoes against the new rule? Wonder if he wishes he had been disincentivized to spear opponents? A lot of high fives, hooting and hollering up until he nearly killed himself. Now we get to hear how the players think that they are untouchable warrior barbarians, which surely afflicted Shazier as well until his injury.

  16. You haters are PATHETIC. Just pray something like this never happens to you. However, if it does, just maybe you’ll understand how quickly the things you love can be taken away from you.

  17. camsbiggestfan says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    There is nothing inspirational about Ryan Shazier. His dirty play just caught up with him, and he got hurt because of it. Next time don’t spear defenseless receivers. #KeepPoundin
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    Are you for real? Have you forgotten about Carolina Panther Thomas “Headhunter” Davis? You know, the guy that nearly decapitated Devonte Adams? A hit for which he was suspended 2 games, and after he was fined nearly $50,000 for a dirty hit on a Buc’s receiver. #KeepPounding indeed. #RoseColoredGlasses.

  18. Geez, I didn’t realize he was only 25 – so glad he’s improving physically. I hope the Steelers make sure he’s okay financially in the future.

  19. Geez, I didn’t realize he was only 25 – so glad he’s improving physically. I hope the Steelers make sure he’s okay financially in the future.
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    No worries there. This injury occurred PRIOR to them voluntarily activating his 5th yr option on his rookie deal, paying him roughly $9 mil this yr to not even play. And I’m damn glad they did.

  20. Pleased for Shazier……

    ……but; its a great shame that absolutely nobody seems to care about all the guys Shazier put into concussion protocol all the years he was flying around head first.

    I for one completely blame the Steeler coaches for Shaziers’ injury. They should have coached him up to tackle with his arms and chest rather than his head.

    But then what else do you expect when you have knuckleheads like Joey Porter as your linebackers coach……..?????

  21. For all the selfish, self-centered guys like TO… you have true self-less, hero’s like Ryan S.

    Already more worthy of Canton than TO… I’m all alone in the spotlight as I like it… Owens.

    Keep fightin Ryan.

  22. cobrala2 says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    To those who feel he deserves this somehow – no, he does not.
    Dirty players do not deserve to be nearly-paralyzed. No player has been that dirty.
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    Daryl Stingley’s family might disagree about how dirty a player can be. Tatum went on to play while Stingley never left that chair. I don’t wish injury on anyone ever but empathy for someone whose style of play was just as likely to leave another player in his position is understandably challenging. Clearly there’s nearly a complete lack of empathy for any of his potential victims on display.

    I’m glad to see that Ryan, or any injured player, is not going to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Miracle? Medical science? Who can say. What’s missing here are the usual PED comments. You know the ones I’m talking about.

  23. Only Ryan Shazier can make the decision to play again if he gets close to looking like he actually can but I reason there is going to be much discussion about this from family, loved ones, and friends. Even NFL teams will be very careful with him most likely giving much credence to what the doctors have to say. But so happy for this young man who must have an iron will to have come this far already. I think most of us wish the best going forward for Mr. Shazier!

  24. Woopdeedoo. I jogged 10 miles today. Survival of the fittest #MAGA

    I bet your knuckles have to be really bleeding a lot…..Cletus.

    May the force be with you Ryan

  25. Typical useless NFL……

    ……they spend millions of dollars; defying the laws of science; measure football psi’s down to a thousandth, still won’t reveal the results of the psi’s of a complete season of expensively collected micro-measurements and end up pinning ‘deflate gate’ on Brady based on very dubious dodgy data.

    However; when a guy gets paralysed and suffers a serious life-changing injury; they’re not interested in finding out how and why.

    Never ceases to amaze me, how some teams get guys banned our fined; Steelers get the rules changed……….

  26. taintedsaints2009 says:

    August 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Dudes going to play again. 1 year from now he will be running.
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    He is done for good playing football. No NFL team would ever let him on the field again to play. Not a chance ever!!!!

  27. camsbiggestfan says:
    August 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm
    There is nothing inspirational about Ryan Shazier. His dirty play just caught up with him, and he got hurt because of it. Next time don’t spear defenseless receivers. #KeepPoundin

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    I disagree. I find his story quite inspiring and uplifting.

    Get well Ryan.

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