Former Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has had a very long road to recovery from a spine injury that nearly paralyzed him. But he’s been aggressive in his physical therapy, and months of effort have born some pretty impressive results.
In a video posted by Sports Illustrated, Shazier demonstrated that with the help of his therapist, is now able to jump several feet onto a higher surface. The video has quickly gone viral with NFL players, college football fans and others sending him warm wishes.
Shazier had to undergo spine stabilization surgery in December 2017 after suffering a spinal contusion on a head-on hit against the Cincinnati Bengals. He could barely walk in April 2018, when he presented the Steelers’ draft pick at the 2018 NFL Draft.
But Shazier has come a long way since then. In December 2018, he was reportedly jogging again. This new video shows that his body is getting closer and closer to a complete recovery.
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A star pass rusher at Ohio State from 2011 to 2013, Shazier earned First-Team All-Big Ten and All-American honors in his junior year of college.
Shazier wound up going No. 15 overall to the Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft, and earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016.
In four years with the Steelers, Shazier had 299 tackles, 7.0 sacks, seven interceptions, seven passes defended and seven forced fumbles with three fumble recoveries.