Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier not only wants to play football again, he says his goal is to make the Hall of Fame. Speaking publicly for the first time since his spine injury, Shazier said his therapists are amazed at the progress he has made since he was hurt Dec. 4 while making a tackle in Cincinnati. “I got to get back,” Shazier told teammate Roosevelt Nix on the fullback’s podcast. “Right now I’m reading a book and it’s basically saying trust the process. I’m really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I’m taking every step of the way, I’m giving everything I got. The therapists are like, ‘Man this is crazy; I’ve never seen anyone work this hard.’ They almost see progression every day. “They say like some progressions they see week to week, they see from me day to day. I’m really trying to come back and still be a Pro Bowler. I’m sorry, because I feel I got snubbed this year for All-Pro even though I got hurt. But I feel like my stats are as good as those who made it.” Shazier has documented on social media some of his progress. He had a photo taken of him and Ben Roethlisberger standing as he left his stay at UPMC. He stood up in a box at a Penguins game to acknowledge the crowd, something he said on Tuesday’s podcast was important to him. “I really wanted to do that because I felt everybody needed to see that,’’ Shazier told Nix.
Ryan Shazier speaks: 'I got to get back'
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Feb 22