Ryan Shazier Honored with George Halas Award
The national award is given annually to a NFL figure who has overcome adversity.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier continues to inspire football fans across the country. This week he was honored with the 2019 George Halas Award, voted on by the Pro Football Writers of America.
The award is given annually to the "NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed."
Shazier has made incredible progress in his recovery from a gruesome spinal injury, suffered while trying to make a tackle against the Cincinnati Bengals in December 2017. Doctors who performed spinal stabilization surgery feared he may never walk again. But in the 18 months that he has resumed walking and working out as part of his rehab. He and his wife welcomed a son earlier this year, and last month video of the couple dancing at their wedding went viral .
Shazier has been a consistent presence in the organization, and source of inspiration for his teammates, since his injury in December 2017.
Shazier has not played since the injury and will miss the entire 2019 season. However, he remains an active member of the Steelers roster, allowing him to collect a salary, insurance benefits and time towards his NFL pension . He is a constant presence at practice and on the sidelines of games, working with the linebackers and other defensive players.
Steelers running back and cancer survivor James Conner was also a nominee for this year's Halas Award. Shazier is the third Steeler to receive the Halas award, joining Rocky Bleier in 1975 and John Stallworth in 1985.
Images courtesy @shazier on Instagram.