Seventeen months after doctors feared he might never walk again, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier danced at his wedding on Friday.
Shazier, 26, was partially paralyzed when he suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making a tackle during Pittsburgh’s win at Cincinnati on Dec. 4, 2017.
Shazier got married Friday in Pittsburgh to longtime girlfriend Michelle Rodriguez, with several of his teammates in attendance. Video posted on social media Friday night showed the couple dancing at the reception.
About a year and a half ago, Ryan Shazier was told he had a 20% chance of ever walking again. This was him today at his wedding.. Anything is possible! ????????
This man is such an inspiration to all! #Shalieve @RyanShazier pic.twitter.com/Z0eOqoj42t
— Steel Faithful (@Steel_Faithful) May 4, 2019
A 2014 first-round draft pick and two-time Pro Bowl selection (2016, 2017), Shazier has said his ultimate goal is to play football again.
The Steelers kept him on the roster in 2018 while he went through rehabilitation. Last month, Pittsburgh placed him on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List for the 2019 season.
Shazier has played in 46 games (41 starts) for Pittsburgh, registering 303 tackles, 25 passes defensed, 18 quarterback hits, seven sacks and seven interceptions.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)