Steelers Keep Ryan Shazier to Assist in his Recovery
Ryan Shazier will remain a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reasons go far beyond football.
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Ryan Shazier will remain a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reasons go far beyond football. The Steelers have announced his contract will be what's called "tolled" into the 2019 season in an effort to keep him employed by the organization.
"Tolling" means Shazier will be paid a salary commensurate with his years service in the NFL, which is around $805,000 a year according to Mark Kaboly of the on-line media outlet, The Athletic. Shazier will also continue to accrue seasons toward an NFL pension, and will keep the health insurance coverage active players get.
The decision means Shazier will stay on the team's roster this year, but will eventually be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. The team says keeping Shazier fulfills their promise to help him return to a normal life, and in his goal to one day play again.
"We will continue to support Ryan's efforts to return to play," said General Manager Kevin Colbert in a statement released by the Steelers . "Although he won't be able to help us on the field in 2019, his leadership, insight, and emotional support have always been very valuable to us," added Colbert.
"We look forward to his contributions in our pursuit of a championship." Kevin Colbert, Steelers General Manager
Fans, even those of rival teams, immediately took to social media to praise the Steelers, a welcome change for a franchise that's been wrapped up in drama for months.
Shazier suffered a paralyzing injuring on Dec. 4, 2017 in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery and has been progressively recovering ever since.
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