Ryan Shazier continues to amaze doctors and fans as he rehabs from a serious spinal cord injury he suffered in a December 2017 game.
The injury was so severe the Steelers linebacker only had a 20 percent chance to walk again. Now, he’s walking, dancing and performing a number of workouts including deadlifts and box jumps with the hopes of one day returning to the NFL.
“I still want to make the Hall of Fame, still want to be the best linebacker in the NFL,” Shazier told The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I’m not giving up on my goals, and the doctors said don’t give up on my goals, so there’s no problem with me doing that. I’m just going to keep working, and hopefully I’m going to be back as soon as I can.”
A potential comeback won’t happen this upcoming season since the Steelers placed Shazier on the physically unable to perform list.
It’s the second straight year Shazier will spend on the PUP list.
The team announced in March it would pay Shazier for the upcoming season and provide him his regular medical insurance. He will also continue to accrue service time in the league’s pension program.
But the two-time Pro Bowl player’s ultimate goal is to return to the field.
“I try to be appreciative of every day I get,” Shazier said. “Because every day I’m beating the odds. Every day I’m getting better, proving people wrong that never thought I’d be where I am. I constantly am proud of where I’m at. There are some moments that people see that are a little bigger than others. I set goals, but every day that I take another step, take another breath, I’m truly thankful and praise God for that.
“I have a lot of little moments like that to myself and my family, but my goals may be different from a lot of people’s goals. People might see me walking on the stage and be thinking, ‘Man, that’s an amazing goal. I know he’s been trying to achieve that.’ But at the end of the day, I can be trying to achieve something entirely different.”