Ryan Shazier's Dad Says His Son Has Regained Feeling In His Legs

05 January, 2018, 12:17 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Ryan Shazier's family has been tight-lipped about the former Ohio State linebacker's recovery since he went down following a hit on December 4 in the Steelers' game against the Bengals, but his father shared some good news on Thursday.

Vernon was asked by WPXI if he thinks his 25-year-old son, a two-time Pro Bowler and the Steelers' second-leading tackler and co-leader in interceptions despite missing the final four games, will again play football one day.

"He's much better", Vernon said, "but we've agreed to keep his progress private until he's ready to share where he's at". He suffered a spine injury and was taken to the hospital in Cincinnati for examination.

While he continues to have a long road to recovery, his dedication to rehab and positive attitude will go a long way as he looks to return to his feet.

Shazier told his Dad shortly after suffering the injury that resulted in him being carted off Heinz Field on a backboard and rushed to Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospital that he couldn't feel his legs.

WPXI traveled down to Florida to meet with Shazier's parents and learned that the young linebacker is making progress.


On whether Ryan Shazier is walking yet: "I don't want to go into it a whole lot", his father said.

Shazier's father expressed hope that his son would soon work with the team again.

"He said, 'Daddy, pray for me".

Vernon Shazier told ESPN at the time that details about the injury could not be given out.

"When he went down", Vernon said, "all of us went down with him". "I Shalieve. I Shalieve", Vernon said.

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