Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has remained in positive spirits despite a serious spine injury that left him without feeling in his lower body after an ugly hit against the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 13 the 2017-18 NFL regular season.
On Wednesday, Shazier once again showed the football world that he is ready for the long road of recovery ahead of him and he will be moving every step of the way with a smile on his face.
Shazier posted a photo to Instagram that shows him at the Steelers facility taking in practice.
The linebacker is in a wheelchair, but flashing his trademark smile along with an inspirational message and caption.
“I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that he has been allowing me to achieve,” he wrote. “The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates. It’s great to be back for practices and meetings. Just to be able to feel a part of it means the world. So I’m working harder than I ever have to get back.
“I’ve been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I’m far from done. The Lord has not finished his work yet. I want to say thank you to the fans and Steelers Nation for the prayers. If it wasn’t for my family, friends and your prayers I wouldn’t be were I am now. They have lifted me and my family through this journey and I ask for you to continue praying for me, as I continue to work daily on improving my health.”
The positive outlook will go a long way as he continues his recovery.
Pittsburgh returns to the field on Sunday afternoon when they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS.