It’s been a tumultuous week in Buckeye Nation (and it’s only Wednesday). So, why don’t we start the morning off with some good news? Yesterday, Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steeler legend Ryan Shazier announced on Twitter that his fiancee Michelle Rodriguez is expecting the couple’s first child in January. Shazier has a son from a previous relationship.
The plan god has placed around this family is very bright. So we’re so excited to let everyone know we have a wonderful blessing coming and I can’t wait to welcome another beautiful Shazier. #shalieve #boyorgirl— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) July 24, 2018
Thanks @emmai_alaquiva for capturing this beautiful moment!! pic.twitter.com/LzjPQ0zkxc
A beloved figure in both Columbus and Pittsburgh, Shazier suffered a horrific back injury on Dec. 4 in a “Monday Night Football” game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Shazier suffered a spinal contusion that left him without use of his legs. He underwent a spine stabilization surgery, and has been on the road to recovery ever since.
Shazier served as an honorary coach for the OSU spring game in April, and then made an appearance at the NFL Draft that brought tears to the eyes of millions of football fans, as he walked across the stage to announce that the Steelers had taken safety Terrell Edmunds with the 28th overall pick.
While he has officially been ruled out of playing in the 2018 season, Shazier has been very open about his intention to return to the field once he is fully recovered. While the thought of the beloved former Buckeye suiting up to play football again makes me a little nervous, if anybody can overcome an injury like this, it’s Ryan Shazier.
Congratulations to Ryan and Michelle! We’ll send a scarlet and gray onesie for Christmas!