It hasn’t been a great few weeks for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, and some aren’t hiding their displeasure anymore.
With the Steelers struggling to overcome the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a potential AFC North title for the taking, longtime Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier had seen enough of the team’s offensive gameplan. With Roethlisberger struggling to consistently move the ball in the passing game, Shazier said what a lot of Steeler fans are probably thinking.
The breaking point for Shazier might have been when Pittsburgh tried to pass three times at the Colts’ 2-yard line. They ended up turning the ball over on downs while trailing 24-7, continuing what has been a brutal trend for the quarterback.
Ultimately, Roethlisberger woke up, and the Steelers stormed back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. That ought to calm Shazier down a bit.
It has been nearly three years since Ryan Shazier suffered a devastating injury that temporarily left him paralyzed, and the former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is officially retiring from the game.
Shazier shared an emotional Twitter video on Wednesday announcing his retirement.
“It’s been over 1,000 days since I got hurt on the field. To lose the game in a way I never envisioned has not been easy,” Shazier said. “When you’ve played the game of football the way I did, you convince yourself you’re Superman and nothing can stop you. The moment I got hurt, I stopped being Superman. That was difficult to make sense of.”
Shazier did not rule out returning to football in some capacity, but he said he is focused on other aspects of life at the moment. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Shazier will join The Ringer and host its Tuesday NFL show.
“I’m gonna step away from the game for a while and see what else life has to offer,” he added. “I know football will always be here for me if I need it, but right now I’m excited to explore some new challenges on different paths.”
Shazier was rushed to the hospital on Dec. 4, 2017, after a tackling attempt against the Cincinnati Bengals. He remained with the Steelers after his injury and had some inspiring moments with the franchise. He put in countless hours of rehab just to be able to walk again and dance at his wedding, so returning to the football field was always an extremely lofty goal.
In three-plus NFL seasons, Shazier started 41 games for the Steelers and had 299 tackles, seven interceptions and seven forced fumbles. The former 15th overall pick was one of the premier linebackers in the game. It’s a shame the way his career came to an end.
Ryan Shazier continues to hit impressive milestones more than a year after he suffered a devastating spinal injury, and the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker had his most heartwarming moment yet on Friday night.
Shazier, who has had to put in countless hours of rehab just to be able to walk again, danced at his own wedding.
Shazier insists he wants to play football again, and the Steelers have placed him on injured reserve for the 2019 season so they can keep him on their payroll. He’s had other inspiring moments like when he walked across the stage to announce Pittsburgh’s draft pick just months after suffering his back injury, but dancing at his wedding must have felt as good as anything else he has accomplished. His story gets more remarkable by the day.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is set to become a free agent, but wants to continue trying to return to football with his current team.
Steelers owner Art Rooney II said Shazier, who suffered a devastating back injury in 2017, still wants to play in the NFL again and wants to continue working to do it with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Shazier didn’t play in 2018, and we last saw him walking onstage to announce a Steelers draft pick, which was an inspiring moment. Expect the Steelers to be amenable to bringing him back as long as he wants to continue working toward a return.
One of the best moments of the NFL Draft occurred when the 28th pick was announced.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walked across the stage to announce the pick, which was Terrell Edmunds by the Steelers.
Shazier was holding his fiancee’s hand as he walked up to the microphone at AT&T Stadium to announce the pick. He then stood with Roger Goodell and Edmunds to take photos.
Shazier suffered a spinal injury against the Cincinnati Bengals in December and is still recovering, though it’s clear he’s making significant progress. He has been all over the sports scene in the past months, going to Steelers, Penguins, March Madness, and an Ohio State game.
Shazier will not play next season, but he still says his goal is to make the Hall of Fame.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier appears to be making great strides in his recovery from a spinal injury.
Shazier served as an honorary captain at Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday alongside fellow Buckeye and current Philadelphia Eagle Malcolm Jenkins, and looked to be able to stand on his own during the festivities.
Shazier has been out and about in public quite a bit recently. While he still doesn’t look capable of walking on his own, it’s a significant development that he appears capable of standing without assistance, and is a positive sign in his recovery.
Ryan Shazier continues to make appearances at Pittsburgh athletic events that are well received.
The Steelers linebacker led Penguins fans in a cheer prior to Game 1 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.
Shazier suffered a spinal injury against the Cincinnati Bengals in December and has been in full recovery mode since. As of February, he had said he was still unable to walk on his own, though he is now able to lift himself out of his chair on his own.
Shazier may have helped provide the Pens a lift as they got out to a 3-0 first period lead against the Flyers.
Ryan Shazier was in attendance for several first-round games of this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Steelers linebacker took some time out of his schedule to take in the day’s games in Pittsburgh, which included Villanova-Radford, Virginia Tech-Alabama, Oklahoma-Rhode Island, and Duke-Iona.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde, Shazier was snacking and appeared to be enjoying his day watching college basketball.
Shazier has made substantial progress in recovering from a spinal injury suffered during last season. However, the Steelers confirmed he will not play in 2018.
Shaquem Griffin has been turning heads at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and he had another great moment on Sunday when he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time for any linebacker since 2003. In fact, it was so fast that it inspired Ryan Shazier.
Griffin, a former UCF star, showed scouts some blazing speed:
Shazier, who also ran a sub-4.40 40-yard dash at the combine back in 2014, was just as impressed as the rest of us. He joked that he’s going to need to speed up his recovery from a spinal injury just so he can regain the title of being the fastest linebacker in the NFL.
Griffin also put up 20 reps in the bench press on Saturday, which is remarkable considering he had his left hand amputated when he was 4 years old.
As we know, Shazier is still a long way from playing football again. You have to give him credit for having a sense of humor despite that.
Ryan Shazier has taken some big steps in his recovery from a spinal injury he suffered during the 2017 season, but it remains unclear if he will ever play football again. Should he return, it will not be at any point in 2018.
While speaking with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed that Shazier is not going to play next season.
While disappointing, the news is unfortunately not surprising. Shazier suffered the injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 4, and he recently revealed that he is still unable to walk on his own. Therapists have been raving about the progress the 25-year-old has made, but playing football and walking again are two entirely different accomplishments.
Based on what Shazier said recently about his NFL career, it would be unwise of us to rule anything out. Hopefully he can use the entire 2018 season to gain the strength needed to get back to playing.