Ryan Shazier is coming back to Columbus for the first time since suffering a career-threatening spinal injury. Shazier and two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins will be honorary captains at Ohio State’s 2018 spring game on April 14, the program announced Monday.
Ryan Shazier, Malcolm Jenkins to serve as honorary spring game captains at Ohio State
We look forward to welcoming back 2️⃣X Pro Bowler @RyanShazier & 2️⃣X Super Bowl Champion @MalcolmJenkins as honorary captains for the spring game at The Shoe on 4/14! ⭕️🙌#GoBucks #DevelopedHere pic.twitter.com/cYM56gLneu
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) March 5, 2018
“I’m thrilled and I can’t wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium,” Urban Meyer said in a press release. “The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud of our program and for the Ohio State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game.”
Shazier, a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was injured in a game Dec. 4 while trying to make a tackle. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery days later and was in the hospital for eight weeks after the injury. Shazier is taking part in an outpatient rehabilitation program.
The former Ohio State linebacker has made a handful of public appearances since the injury, including at a Cleveland Cavaliers game in late February. Shazier undoubtedly will get a loud welcome back to Columbus for the spring game.
Jenkins, meanwhile, is one month removed from earning the second Super Bowl ring of his career. The safety helped the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Jenkins also has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2015 and 2017) in the last three seasons.