Ryan Shazier Opens Up About the Mental Toll of a Spinal Cord Injury

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Published on January 29, 2021

Ryan Shazier talks about the Pittsburgh Steelers, his foundation for spinal rehabilitation and Super Bowl LV.

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18 comments

  • Jef Schobert 8 months ago

    I’m a survivor of many accidents each time I got mad then saw I was still alive.
    Posted this early yesterday
    Wrote it before the dawn
    And I hope you have enjoyed my say
    But chronic pain making me move wrong
    Like a ring without a planet
    A dog that lost its bone
    I’m a pragmatic rhyming flowing poet
    And soon I will be gone
    Now study Jefs poems if you find them
    You’ll find unpolluted truths
    I had to say things my own way
    To relate to the youth
    They are trees without fruit or branches
    Sheep without a brain
    Given in to thoughts controlling
    No wonder they shoot into their veins
    Yet I will still be shining
    Shining light to you
    The past don’t drag behind thee
    Your troubles should be which brew
    Hello people
    I’ve paid the price
    Hope you read my poems twice
    Try to see my points of views
    Don’t hope for your dreams
    Just make them come true
    Hello Rex
    Hello R. Wayne
    Hoped we could meet one day
    Don’t dwell in sorrow or in shame
    Do it all again tomorrow
    Learn from pain
    Frequencies are emotions
    Listen to be freed
    Focused harmony devotion
    Helped to set me free
    Now save the oceans save the seas
    Choose not to pollute everyday
    So goodbye Rex goodbye R. Wayne
    Sorry we never meet as men
    Now some that question and some that don’t
    Some can just go to hell
    Some that help some that share
    Then there is all the rest oh well
    As to others online behavior
    Very uncivil to me
    The devil and the Savior
    With all their distorted views
    Don’t let that keep you from shining
    Shining lights on truths
    Unlocking hidden secrets
    Hope your views many not few
    Hello people
    I’ve paid the price
    Hope you read my poems twice
    Try to see my points of views
    Don’t hope for your dreams
    Just make them come true
    Hello Rex
    Hello R.Wayne
    Hoped we could meet one day
    Don’t dwell in sorrow or in shame
    Do it all again tomorrow
    Learn from pain
    Frequencies are emotions
    Listen to be freed
    Focused harmony devotion
    Helped set me free
    Now try to save the oceans and all the seas
    Choose not to pollute everyday
    So goodbye Rex goodbye R. Wayne
    Sorry we never meet as men
    Soon I’m leaving
    Six months to go? six months to go?
    I say goodbye again
    Soon I’m leaving
    Can’t stop the flow
    So goodbye Rex goodbye R.Wayne
    Hope they learn something
    From dissecting my brain
    Oh maybe who knows
    See Ya later

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  • Nightlife Maps 8 months ago

    cool

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  • Steelersgal89 8 months ago

    I miss him. Good to see he’s doing ok.

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  • Jeff Miller 8 months ago

    What a wonderful project! Many thanks to him for his generosity of spirit.

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  • Sarah Jungling 8 months ago

    I still remember watching the game that Ryan was injured in, it was terrifying. I adore how hard he has worked for others who are dealing with the same type of injury. He’s such an amazing guy.

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  • John Porter 8 months ago

    Losing Ryan on defense was a huge loss for the Steelers. He was a total game changer. He could make superhuman plays. So so glad he is living a full and happy life after his devastating injury.

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  • Skeeter Lubidowicz 8 months ago

    This dude is inspiring…

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  • BookAchu57 8 months ago

    I appreciate both of these men, but Ryan Shazier is a LEGEND, on the field & now off it. His recovery is Superhuman. As a Steelers fan, I hope Seth brings more Steelers on.

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  • random person 8 months ago

    I hurt my back 6 years ago in the oilfield. Took me 6 months to be able to walk again. i’m stuck in a minimum wage job. Every day is a struggle.

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  • Jay Luck 8 months ago

    Sorry, but I’d rather hear from a veteran of the military who has that issue, not someone who played with balls for a living.

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  • Styx Dragon Charon 8 months ago

    Dude, I’m 35… I had to get both hips replaced… recovery is a lifetime… I miss running 🙁

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  • New Message 8 months ago

    Dude had to relearn how to walk, and still has more spine than any GOP Senator.

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  • Robert Wilhoit 8 months ago

    He’s the nicest guy too. Has several interactions at work with him and he’s the best.

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  • lizciampa 8 months ago

    Watching that game when Ryan got hurt was a sickening gut punch. So good to see him smiling and thriving! The mental fortitude he has is incredible.

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  • black bird 8 months ago

    strong, smart, optimistic and aware. Mr Shazier is the way forward!! What a Great Guy!!!

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  • Croz 1007 8 months ago

    HE has a painting that overhangs the edge of the wall by like 8 inches? What the heck? That is weird.

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  • tarheelsfan8 8 months ago

    You can really learn from his story to never give up.

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  • Patrick White 8 months ago

    If only everyone had the rehabilitation that he can afford. Also it’s hard to feel bad for a guy that has almost made a career by tackling people with the crown of his helmet. It was bound to catch up to him eventually.

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