For Ryan Shazier

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, things haven’t necessarily gone as planned since
he left Ohio State University and was drafted in the first round by the
Pittsburgh Steelers. After some early career struggles, Shazier looked to be on
top of his game before the Monday Night game in Cincinnati vs. the Bengals when
he lay on the Paul Brown Stadium turf unable to move his lower
extremities.Suddenly, in the blink of an eye, the dynamic play maker was facing
a slew of questions. The most important being, “Will I ever be able to play this
game again?” This wasn’t a knee injury, or injuring a shoulder, but a much dire
situation that impacted not only his career, but his life.Shazier has laid low
since the injury in 2017, working hard and continuing to promise his return to
the gridiron at some point. Fans often show signs of disgust when Shazier talks
about playing the game he loves again, but it hasn’t deterred Shazier from
having a goal in sight, and a proverbial light and the end of the tunnel.During
the lead up to Super Bowl 53, Shazier spoke to the media Pittsburgh
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, and’s Teresa Varley, about his current
status, his plans and what lies ahead with No. 50 in Pittsburgh. When reading
through the many quotes from Shazier, the one which stood out the most was how
Shazier struggles to just be around the team. Not that he doesn’t love the game,
his teammates or the organization, but mainly how he has been stripped of what
made his truly great as a player.“It’s very difficult for me just being there,”
said Shazier. “It motivates me and pushes me more and more every day. I am not
going to lie. Before every game I hear the National Anthem, knowing when I hear
the National Anthem it’s time to play. It eats me inside. Sometimes I might
start crying when the National Anthem is on. It’s tough sometimes.“I know I am
still motivating those guys because they see me pushing every single day. It
pushes them too. Sometimes it hurts because I might see our defense went on a
slump and we didn’t have any turnovers and I knew I could have gone out there
and made something happen or made a play. At the end of the day I just have to
give them the knowledge I have and try to help them every single day I can.”The
struggles are multifaceted with Shazier, but what fans really want to know is if
he still views playing again as the ultimate goal.“I definitely want to play. I
try to tell people at the end of the day, just because I got hurt, doesn’t mean
I lost the love of the game of football,” said Shazier. “I love football so
much. I just care about the game. I really feel like the game has taken me
places I never expected to go. I am putting my everything into it. I feel like I
was the best linebacker in the league. I don’t want to leave that as my legacy.
I feel like I have so much to show.”His progress is undeniable Pittsburgh
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, and Shazier feels he still has so much to
show/prove in the coming days, weeks and years.“My doctor said I am further than
they expected me to be,” said Shazier. “The rehab, the recovery and the pace I
have been doing, there are no doors closed. He said you have to keep working,
keep grinding. How hard you work is a possibility if you can make it back or
not.”Shazier feels confident a contract will be negotiated with the Steelers,
keeping him in Pittsburgh one way or another. Either as a player, or coach, but
mainly so he can continue his rehabilitation with the doctors and trainers who
have helped him get to this point. In the meantime, the Steelers are still
trying to fill the gigantic void left by Shazier’s absence, and there is never
any doubt how the Steelers faithful are pulling for Shazier to have a full
recovery from his horrible injury.Always SHALIEVE! The Pittsburgh Steelers and
Carolina Panthers will lock horns in Week 10 on Thursday Night Football, and if
you are a fan who likes to wear whatever jersey the Steelers are
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, make sure you have your
Nike “Color Rush” uniform ready to go for Thursday.While the team didn’t give a
definitive date for the team to wear these uniforms prior to the regular season,
they will stick to the Thursday night theme and wear the color rush uniforms in
Week 10.This will be the team’s third time wearing these uniforms, and history
has shown favor on the black-and-gold when wearing these threads. In 2016, the
team wore them on Christmas day when Antonio Brown won the game for the Steelers
with his ‘Immaculate Extension’ vs. the Ravens at Heinz Field. In 2017, the
Steelers dominated the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football wearing the
“Color Rush” uniforms.While fans might argue about the team’s selection of
throwback selections, there isn’t as much discussion about the team’s special
alternate jerseys. In fact, I would go as far as saying the vast majority of the
fan base loves the uniforms.Just to get a grasp on the fan base’s thoughts, let
us know what you think about the Color Rush uniform in the poll below, and in
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