Dec. 4, 2017. This date will be forever ingrained in the mind of Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier.
On that day, Shazier sustained a gruesome spinal injury during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. After tackling wide receiver Josh Malone, Shazier just couldn't get up. Something was obviously wrong, so he was rushed to a Cincinnati hospital.
Shazier spoke at a press conference on Wednesday to address his future prospects in football. He made it clear that, even though he has remained within the Steelers community by partaking of numerous activities for the Steelers off the gridiron, he still plans on suiting back up someday.
Despite Shazier's strong convictions, it remains unlikely that he will be able to realize his dream.
Months after the devastating injury, Shazier still cannot walk without the support of a cane. To go from this stage to taking the barrage of hits that linebackers endure every week in the NFL, Shazier will need a miracle.
Although it would make a great and inspiring comeback story, the probability of a return to the gridiron for Shazier is exceedingly bleak.