Ryan Shazier named honorary captain for Ohio State's spring football game
Ryan Shazier will be back on the field in April as an honorary captain at Ohio State University's spring football game.
Shazier started at linebacker on the college's undefeated 2012 team and was a captain on the 2013 team.
Now, as a Steelers linebacker, Shazier's recovery from a spinal cord injury during a Dec. 4 game is progressing. He is not expected to play in the 2018-19 season, though he has vowed to return to the game and earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.
He will be joined as honorary captain at Ohio State's April 14 football game by Malcolm Jenkins, a Philadelphia Eagles safety.
"I'm thrilled, and I can't wait to see these two heroes back in Ohio Stadium," head coach Urban Meyer said in a news release . "The respect and admiration I have for each of these young men is off the charts, and I am so proud for our program and for the Ohio State fans that these players want to come back and be a part of our spring game."
We look forward to welcoming back 2️⃣X Pro Bowler @RyanShazier & 2️⃣X Super Bowl Champion @MalcolmJenkins as honorary captains for the spring game at The Shoe on 4/14! ⭕️ #GoBucks #DevelopedHere pic.twitter.com/cYM56gLneu— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) March 5, 2018
Shazier, a first-round draft pick, was injured while making a tackle during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery and was released from a hospital in early February. He remained confined to a wheelchair and continues with therapy five days a week on an outpatient basis. He has lifted himself up and stood on a few occasions in public, including once during a Penguins game.
Shazier said recently on a teammate's podcast that he plans to resume his career. Steelers officials said Shazier will be involved with the team for the upcoming season.
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