A year after a spinal cord injury in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Ryan Shazier took to social media on Wednesday Dec. 5, 2018, saying that the injury “was an amazing opportunity for the Lord to show how great He is.”
“Today is a day to remember,” wrote Ryan Shazier in an Instagram post. “Just a year ago my life changed forever. It was a scary moment for many people. I’m not going to lie, I was one of them. I[’]ve learned this was an amazing opportunity for the Lord to show how great He is.”
Shazier’s injury took place on Dec. 4, 2017 during what appeared to be a routine open field tackle. Shazier, according to ESPN, was credited with two total tackles in the game, one solo. As can be seen in the NFL.com highlight video from the game between the Steelers and the Bengals, Shazier did not get up, but was instead carted off the field following his hit on Bengals WR #80 Josh Malone. The Steelers linebacker would later undergo spinal stabilization surgery, according to NFL.com.
The Steelers did go on to win the game 23-20 against the Bengals in Shazier’s absence.
Continuing on in his Instagram post, Shazier further detailed his journey, “It’s been a crazy, long journey, but it is not over yet. The best worst part about this journey that I’m on is the unknown. Day by day it’s getting better than the the [sic] day before. Today is and was a day of joy. I want to thank all of the amazing people that have been a part of this process with me, starting with the one and only Michelle. And let’s talk about my ride or die boy.. my number one man..my son RJ knows how to keep a smile on my face. My parents and siblings have been there through the thick and thin. There was more than a million tears cried over this year, but now they are all of joy love you guys.
“My friends and teammates, man ya’ll don’t understand just the little things you’ve done that have pulled me from darkness to the light,” Shazier went on about those who have helped him. “To the Steelers-there’s no better organization. Thank you for being family to me.
“The PUMC trainers and staff for getting me back on my feet,” wrote Shazier, who, according to ESPN, “has resumed jogging for the first time” since the horrifying spinal injury that occurred a year ago, reported Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Shazier then thanked the Steelers and Buckeye Nation for their prayers and love.
“[Y]our prayers and love honestly keep me going,” Shazier wrote. “And to the fans everywhere, I feel your support honestly everyday.
“CAA-thank you guys constantly for giving me amazing advice and being the best agency in the world,” continued Shazier. “And last, but not least, I have to give Jerome Howard and Mike Micca an extra thank you for dealing with my foolishness, excuses, pain, and joy everyday. These two are with me working everyday [sic] and I can[’]t say than kyou enough to these guys.”
Shazier wrapped up his post by including the hastag “#SHALIEVE” and again thanking all, “Love you all thank you so much.”