December 4th, 2017 was a day that Ryan Shazier had his life change as he lay on the field unable to move his lower extremities after he suffered a spinal injury during Pittsburgh’s Week 13 win over the Bengals.
The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker is still fighting his way to regain full movement after that tackle left him temporarily paralyzed, because he still has dreams of one day making it back onto the field.
The 26-year-old Shazier is now jogging after doctors thought he would never walk on his feet again. Along with his success off the field, the team is trying to reward him by keeping him on the squad, because according to Jason La Canfora, they’ve reached out to him about a new 1-year contract.
Shazier told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he “definitely wants to play again.”
“I have a time frame in my head, but I haven’t really told anybody yet. At the end of the day I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m a lot closer to my goal than I was when I got hurt.”
Shazier spent the 2018 season with the Steelers watching film of opponents and attending meetings.