Back in 2017, Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury that put his career in jeopardy. While the 27-year-old linebacker is still not able to compete in the NFL, he remains optimistic this will not always be the case.
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert released a statement about Shazier's future and his expiring contract.
“When you’re dealing with Ryan, you’re not dealing with a timetable,” Colbert said. “You’re dealing with a guy trying to resurrect his career.”
While Shazier has not been an active player on the gridiron, he remained a part of the team. As Shazier's contract is set to expire at the conclusion of the 2020 season, the Ohio State product is focused on getting back on the field.
As per Colbert, no matter how long it takes, Shazier does not want his football playing days to be over. Shazier was injured during a contest with the Cincinnati Bengals due to a scary collision with the player he was attempting to tackle. He immediately collapsed and was not able to move his legs.
The Pittsburgh linebacker was selected to two Pro Bowls and recorded three seasons of at least 85 tackles before his career was derailed by his unfortunate injury.
Shazier was once a man people believed would never walk again, now he's striving to get back on the field and return to the game he loves.