Ryan Shazier is getting after it in the gym on his long road to recovery.
The Steelers linebacker continues to recover from the career-threatening spine injury he suffered in week 13 of last season against the Bengals.
The two-time Pro Bowler underwent spinal stabilisation surgery in December and his progress since has been nothing short of inspiring. On Friday, Shazier posted a video on Instagram of himself doing pull-ups in the gym:
"Upper body is getting that work!!" Shazier wrote in his Instagram post. "[Shazier's fiance, Michelle Rodriguez] working out I got to get it to. #shalieve #grind #prayfor50 #journey"
The 25-year-old has been ruled out of the 2018 season already, as announced by GM Kevin Colbert, but he continues to defy the odds and is clearly making significant strides in his recovery.
Shazier certainly believes in himself, and noted a few weeks ago that he intends to return and play at a level that will see him enshrined in the Hall of Fame:
"My end goal is to allow the Lord to let me come back and play at the high level that I was before," he said.
"Every day I try to get better. I strive for the Hall of Fame and I was doing that through this year, the whole time I was playing. And I still do that while I'm doing rehab. I know it's still a possibility. I have the Lord and he has my back and I constantly feel I'm going to come back and play football."
The former first-round pick out of Ohio State has been undergoing physical therapy twice a day, up to five times a week. Shazier has also reportedly been going to the Pittsburgh Steelers' facility on a daily basis.
His comeback trail still has a long way to go, but the way he attacks each day with purpose, determination and belief is inspiring. Despite suffering a career-threatening injury, Shazier is rebounding with a bang and living life to the fullest each day.
He even took the time to attend an opening round game of March Madness this week!
Though Shazier won't line up in a Steelers uniform on game day this season, he will have an active role in the team according to Colbert:
“He knows that and we know that,” Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette while at the NFL Combine. “We’re going to continue to support him in his recovery. We know that going into this season he won’t play, and he’ll end up on a different type of list once we get a determination from the league as to where he’ll end up.”
At his peak, Shazier is one of the premier linebackers in football, and everyone in the league wants to see him back on the field, showing the world what he can do sooner rather than later.