Ryan Shazier was one of the stars at Ohio State’s spring game on Saturday. The former Buckeyes linebacker was back in Columbus for the first time since suffering a career-threatening spine injury in early December.
Shazier, who served as one of Ohio State’s honorary captains, got a huge ovation early in the game when he stood and pumped up the crowd.
Ryan Shazier pumps up crowd at Ohio State spring game
Being able to stand is a big step in Shazier’s recovery. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker was in the hospital for nearly two months after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery. In an interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Shazier said he’s “doing 1,000 times better” than he was after the injury.
“Everything, I’m getting a lot better,” Shazier said. “I’m able to move a lot more. I’m doing 1,000 times better than I was in December.”
Shazier also thanked all the fans, including the Buckeyes faithful, who have reached out to him during his recovery.
“It means so much,” he said. “People from Pittsburgh to California to Ohio to Italy, all over the country, all over the world have been praying for me, reaching out to me, trying to make sure I’m doing well. It really means a lot because it helps me push even harder every day.”
Here’s the full interview: