Ohio State football | Ryan Shazier thanks Buckeyes fans for support
Ryan Shazier wears a wristband that reads, âWalking Miracle.â
Shazier, along with Malcolm Jenkins of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, were honorary captains at Ohio Stateâs spring game Saturday. But while Jenkinsâ season ended in glory, Shazierâs ended in near-tragedy when the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker suffered a spinal injury in December.
Shazier required spinal stabilization surgery and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has said the linebacker wonât play in 2018.
But Shazierâs optimism, which he was known for as a Buckeye from 2011 to â13, has not faded. He spoke to reporters from a golf cart before the spring game and later stood at midfield to acknowledge cheers when he and Jenkins were introduced.
Shazier did not want to delve deeply into his rehab process, but he said he is improving.
âIâm feeling a lo t better than I was in December when I initially got hurt,â he said. âEvery day Iâm getting better.â
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As for his wristbandâs significance, Shazier replied, âI really feel Iâm a living testimony. The Lord has many things in store for me. Iâm a walking miracle and Iâm going to come back stronger than ever and be back on my feet.â
Shazier said he still remains in contact with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who asked him about serving as an honorary captain.
âHe asked me if I was feeling up to it if I would be able to be a (honorary) coach, and I felt it was an honor just to be here and I couldnât say no.â
He said he has been uplifted by the support he has received from Buckeyes and Steelers fans.
âItâs been outstanding support,â Shazier said. âI still get letters to this day. Itâs so much mail I canât even rea d it all. Iâm just thankful to everybody for all the support and all the prayers. I just want to say thank you to everybody because I wouldnât be able to be doing so well if it wasnât for all the support.â
Meyer paid tribute to Shazier after the game.
âOne of my favorite players of all time, Ryan Shazier, is going through a little bit of a tough time,â he said. âHe was able to share that with people he cares very deeply about â" Buckeye Nation and his teammates and coaches.â
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