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LB Ryan Shazier (Pittsburgh Steelers, 2017 Pro Bowl)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by Smith, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Steelers' Ryan Shazier says his playing days aren't over yet

    In his first interview since suffering a severe spinal injury in early December, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier said he plans to play football again.

    "I've gotta get back, bro," Shazier said on teammate Roosevelt Nix's podcast, which was posted to social media Tuesday night.

    Shazier touched on several topics in the podcast, including his desire to become an NFL Hall of Famer.

    Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery Dec. 6 after a tackling attempt on Monday Night Football in Cincinnati left him clutching his lower back. He was rushed to a local hospital and eventually transported to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

    Shazier has utilized a wheelchair but is making progress in his rehab and was cleared for outpatient care on Feb. 1.

    The way Shazier sees it, all of his football goals are still in front of him. He's still salty about that All-Pro snub.

    "I really feel I'm the best linebacker ever," Shazier said. "I just have to be back out there so everybody can see it. You know what I'm saying?"

    Steelers teammates and coaches have admired Shazier's determination and positive outlook. General manager Kevin Colbert said last week that Shazier is in the team facility five days a week working out and breaking down film with scouts.

    "Never once has he said, 'Why me?'" Colbert said.

    Earlier this month, Shazier stood in front of the PPG Paints Arena crowd during a Pittsburgh Penguins game -- "I felt everybody needed to see that," he said -- and posted a picture of him standing with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

    He's proud of that one.

    "People were thinking Ben was supporting me, too -- he barely was even holding me," Shazier said.

    Entire article: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22520246/pittsburgh-steelers-linebacker-ryan-shazier-says-plans-play-football-again-spinal-injury
     
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  3. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Trying for that "best linebacker ever" title isn't worth sitting in a wheelchair the rest of your life. Coming as close as you did to being permanently paralyzed should've been enough of a wakeup call...
     
  4. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Agree with Milk. Take the good fortune. Be there for your family and yourself.
     
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  5. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    I would understand that attitude if his injury was a result of a freak accident, but it wasn't. It was a terrible but not unlikely result of the way that he plays and hits. After a short adjustment period, he would be back to playing the same way and doing the same dangerous shit.

    You're not going to give a shit about a ring or a gold jacket on your death bed if you haven't been able to walk in 50 years. Time to count your millions and go back to school.
     
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  6. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

    As a Buckeyes and Steelers fan, I love Shazier, but that's just not realistic. No way any doctor signs off on him returning to the field and no way any team takes a chance on him.
     
  7. MililaniBuckeye

    MililaniBuckeye The satanic soulless freight train that is Ohio St Staff Member Tech Admin

    Who? :lol:
     
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  8. AJHawkfan

    AJHawkfan Wanna make $14 the hard way?

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  9. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    Resemblance is uncanny.
     
  10. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Sorry, Mili. :slappy:
     
  11. kujirakira

    kujirakira Senior

    Pay enough money and you can always find a doctor somewhere to say a perfectly healthy millionaire has bone spurs or a bed-ridden geriatric is healthy enough to play football again.
     
  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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