Ryan Shazier said he believes he’ll “definitely” be able to play football again in an interview with a Pittsburgh television station over the weekend.
Shazier suffered a serious spine injury while trying to make a tackle on Dec. 4 for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was hospitalized for nearly two months after the injury. But Shazier told KDKA that the rehab process is going well and that he feels like he will be able to return to the football field one day.
“I’m taking it one step at a time, but I know the Lord, he has a plan for me, and I definitely feel like I’ll be back out there,” Shazier said while attending a gala in honor of late Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
A former Ohio State standout, Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery shortly after the injury. He was released from the hospital at the end of January and has since been focused on rehabilitation. Last week, Shazier posted a video of himself in the gym doing pull-ups.
“Every day I’m getting a lot better and just thanking the Lord,” Shazier said in the KDKA interview. “Pretty much every day I go to South Side hospital. We work on rehab and work on different things.”
Shazier added: “I know some days are harder than others, but it’s not a sprint. It’s a marathon, and you just gotta continue to push. I feel like the more positive you are, the easier it is for you to deal with the situation you’re in and the easier it is to continue to push through.”
Shazier will not play in the 2018 season, but he will still be part of the Steelers organization.