ShareThis Page
A year later, Ryan Shazier remains inspirational for Steelers |

A year later, Ryan Shazier remains inspirational for Steelers

Kevin Gorman
| Tuesday, December 4, 2018 2:33 p.m
Getty Images
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 14: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ryan Shazier #50 walk off of the field after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 28-21 at Paul Brown Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier encourages his teammates during practice before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

One year ago, Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal-cord injury on “Monday Night Football” that left the Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker motionless on the field at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium.

Shazier left the game on a stretcher and required a stabilization surgery two days later, and there was concern whether he would be paralyzed.

Since then, Shazier has made an incredible recovery. Since he regained movement in his lower extremities, Shazier’s progress has been recorded on social media and in public.

In February, an Instagram photo showed Shazier standing with Ben Roethlisberger at UPMC Mercy Hospital and stand up when shown on the scoreboard at a Penguins game. In April, Shazier walked with a cane to the podium at the NFL Draft to announce the Steelers’ first pick. In October, he walked unassisted onto the field where he was injured. Just recently, he just started jogging.

On the one-year anniversary of Shazier’s injury, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was asked about how much it means to see Shazier’s progress and have him around his coaching staff and team.

“Ryan is a special guy,” Tomlin said. “I don’t know if I can give what we witnessed just due by talking about it. To be around him every day, to witness it, is a special thing. He’s a special guy. He inspires us. He continues to inspire us. And I just appreciate that he allows us to be as close as we are to his journey. His journey is ongoing, so we’re going to continue to support him and continue to learn from him.”

Hey, Steelers Nation, get the latest news about the Pittsburgh Steelers here.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Kevin at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review sports columnist. You can contact Kevin by email at or via Twitter .

Categories: Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.