Ryan Shazier is a young National Football League linebacker who is associated with Pittsburgh Steelers. He began making waves in the sport during his stint at Ohio State University where he ended his collegiate career with a stunning record of tackles; 315, solo tackles; 208, sacks; 14.5 and was named to the All-American First-team selection in 2013. Having decided to play professionally, Shazier entered the 2014 National Football League draft where he was selected as the overall 15th pick.
Starting from his debut game, the ace player began to prove his mettle in the league as he went on to put in applaudable performances as he became a two-time Pro Bowler. Sadly, his bright career that has so much prospect was temporarily halted as a result of an injury. Discover more about the well-being of Ryan Shazier and equally the future of his career below. Let’s get started with a look at his career progression before the injury.
Ryan Shazier’s Football Career
Ryan Shazier has been famously known for his unique style of play in the field which depicts his athleticism, agility, flexibility and lateral movements. After his graduation from Plantation high school, the skilled player enrolled at Ohio State University where he shot to fame as a result of his records and achievements.
In his freshman season, he registered a career stats of tackles; 57, tackles for a loss; 5, sacks; 3 and forced fumbles; 2. Then in his second year, Ryan stepped up his game as he ended the season with tackles; 115, tackles for a loss; 17, sacks; 5 and forced fumbles; 3. Interestingly, he impressed in his college days when he registered tackles;143, solo tackles; 101, sacks; 6 and forced fumbles; 4. Following his astounding records, Ryan Shazier was named to many honorary teams.
In the following year, he opted to play professionally as he entered the National Football League draft in 2014. He eventually joined the Pittsburgh Steelers by signing a four-year contract worth $9.50 million with a bonus of $5.23 million as he was picked as the 15th overall.
Ryan Shazier continued to impress in the league in his first season despite missing several weeks as a result of injuries. He ended his rookie season with tackles; 36 and solo tackles; 24. Then in the 2015 season, the footballer racked up his performance in the field of play, having registered combined tackles of 87, 3.5 sacks along with an interception in 12 games.
In the next season, the apt player continued with his impressive records as he achieved 3 interceptions in 13 games as well as 9 pass deflections, 3.5 sacks, and 87 combined tackles. Then in the 2017 season, just before he sustained the career-threatening injury, Ryan Shazier has already registered a career-high 11 solo tackles and two forced fumbles in a game played on September 10th, 2017 against Cleveland Browns.
What Happened To Him?
The proficient athlete who has made several marks with his smashing career records was involved in a severe head-on tackle during a game on 4th December 2017 against Cincinnati Bengals. As a result of the severity of the tackle, Ryan Shazier sustained a spinal contusion of which the doctors revealed that he only had a 20 percent chance to walk again before undergoing a spinal stabilization surgery three days later.
Following the injury, Ryan Shazier was ruled out for the rest of the 2017 season. Then in the following season, the management of the National Football League franchise announced that Shazier would not be able to play for the team throughout that season.
How Is Ryan Shazier Doing And Will He Play Again?
Although the doctors expected paralysis before Ryan Shazier underwent surgery, he has been gradually proving their initial diagnosis wrong. At the moment, he has been performing various workouts and box jumps in addition to walking across the field and dancing during his wedding ceremony held in May 2019. His progress each month is impressive as he is steadily recovering.
Ryan Shazier has not given up on his dream of returning to play and as such, he has been placed on the reserve and physically unable to perform list for the 2019 season as a result of his speedy recovery. He has been assisting the coaching staff by working with the linebackers in practice and film sessions. Following his leadership skills and emotional support abilities, his team has decided to keep him and continue paying him a salary commensurate with his years of service in the National Football League.