Players and scouts pay tribute to Ryan Shazier at the NFL Combine
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The linebackers at the NFL Combine broke their huddle in a special way, by paying tribute to Ryan Shazier.
The former Ohio State Buckeye and current Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker suffered a spinal injury on December 4 in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery and was hospitalized for two months.
Steelers scout Mark Gorscak dedicated the linebacker portion of the 40-yard dash to Shazier:
We want to dedicate this group here, cause you're linebackers, to Ryan Shazier. We all know that Ryan had an injury right now and he's making an amazing recovery. He's making a lot of progress on his purpose. The joy is in the journey. He's going through a journey. You young men are going through a journey also. So everything we do we want to remember Ryan. Cause Ryan blew this combine up and he was a first-round pick and he's an outstanding football player in our league. And one thing I know about Ryan Shazier, I ain't betting against him of coming back and he's making a great progress right now. So let's remember him and his spirit and we're going to get a lot of things done today in this group.
Gorsack was also seen wearing a Shazier t-shirt as tribute.
The NFL prospects ended their huddle with "Shazier."
Shazier took to Twitter to thank everyone for the support, and tell the NFL prospects that it's "Yo time to shine."
The Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed on March 1st that Shazier won't play in 2018.