Ryan Shazier wants to play football again some day
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walked to the podium with a cane. But he was walking, and able to say that he wanted to return to the field after last year’s devastating spinal injury.
Via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Shazier held his first press conference today since the injury which left him temporarily paralyzed and required spinal stabilization surgery.
Several meetings between players and owners failed to resolve the issue, although the league said it would contribute $100 million to social activist causes, hoping that bribe would end the division. The league was hoping to avoid repeating the polarizing demonstration this season by instituting its new anthem policy, which replaced the suggestion that players shouldstand with more formal instructions.
But the new rule’s reception has been decidedly mixed by players, with some already vowing not to change their protests. The NFL decision was, however, well-received by President Donald Trump, who had condemned anthem-kneelers. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Falcons plan to let the team’s players decide what they will do. They will do it together, according to team coach Dan Quinn.
The McNair family and head coach Bill O’Brien also released statements pledging their full support for Hal as he battles the disease.
It’s a process the Texans know all too well after offensive lineman David Quessenberry was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014. Quessenberry returned to action last year and played in the team’s final two games of the season.
Everyone at PFT hopes for a similar outcome for Hal as well as Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman, who announced his own lymphoma diagnosis earlier this week.
The Sixers/Twitter story was absolutely incredible. Good job by the guys at the Ringer, which is an online media outlet, per the team.
So I have 10 days to figure out what’s happening in soccer, right? S/O TO … Chiefs G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, because the idea of being a pro athlete and completing medical school at the same time gives me awful flashbacks to nights at Ohio State with an exam 14 hours ahead that I hadn’t started studying for. And by the way, I still have weird dreams about that anxiety.