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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:03 pm 
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I think this team rallies around him the rest of the season.

Fuck man. He quickly became my favorite player on this team. Loved the passion he played with.

I just pray he lives a normal life and maybe he can assume some kind of role in the organization if he can't suit up again.

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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:06 pm 
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This pretty just confirms what we thought when the injury happened. Anytime a guy needs to be stabilized to get carted off the field it is not only career threatening, but potentially life altering. Obviously the news today is not great. But needing stabilization surgery is whole lot better than hearing he will never walk again. We will see what the future holds as far as his playing career.

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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:36 pm 
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Guys, Here's a somewhat positive spin on the Shazier Surgery.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/spo ... ssion=true


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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:42 pm 
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He's made a solid chunk of money. Assuming he walks away from this (no pun intended), he should move on with his life. Played his ass off here and will always be loved, but go raise kids and grow old.


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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Dr. David Chao

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The announcement Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery is not a surprise and does not mean a turn for the worse.
We indicated this morning this was a possibility.
The necessity for the procedure indicates part of Shazier's spine was unstable and involved bone, ligament and/or disc disruption. This was always a possible cause for the spinal cord insult that resulted in at least temporary loss of feeling and movement in his legs.
The spinal column houses and protects the spinal cord. Disruption of the spinal canal is what puts the cord at risk. The most likely scenario is a burst fracture at the thoracolumbar spine where the vertebral body was compressed.

Emergency surgery was not needed, as the cord was not being actively compromised. But Wednesday night’s surgery was almost certainly to prevent future damage to the spinal cord.
It was likely a fusion surgery with rods, screws and/or metal cage with bone graft to fuse the unstable spine segment.
Although football is not at the forefront of anyone's thoughts now, this surgery itself does not rule Shazier out from football in the future. But without a doubt he is done for the season. Fusion takes 4-6 months for recovery.
The key is still the spinal cord and nerves. Are they working or not? Is there feeling and movement? Has there been early progress? Progress is key.

Our first hope is that Shazier can lead a normal life.
If that happens, we can turn our attention to football questions.
(If he has full neurologic recovery, no congenital narrowing issues and is in a frame of mind to do so, a return is not ruled out by today's announcement.)
The best-case scenario of a spinal cord concussion and early recovery are gone. Let’s hope for the next-best possibility of a great result from surgery and full neurologic recovery over the next 4-6 months.


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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:11 pm 
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I almost never talk about my work at Thr Players’ Tribune on twitter, because twitter is bad, but I’m breaking that rule to tell a quick story about Ryan Shazier ...

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Ryan came into our office because he wanted to tell his story, about growing up with alopecia from the time he was 4 years old. He couldn’t ever remember having hair, and he couldn’t ever remember a time when people didn’t troll him for it.

But as he was telling me all these stories about kids making fun of him, he was doing it with a genuine smile of his face. Not like a fake smile. Not like “I’m a millionaire now” thing. He just seemed almost indifferent to the hate.

So I said, point blank, “man, I really admire your attitude, but honestly, I don’t get it. If someone says something mean to me on twitter, even now, it’ll make me genuinely upset. How could you ignore it, especially as a kid?”

And he said, “Football. Football, bro. I just ... I just love it. I knew I could go to the football field and nothing else mattered. People could say what they want, but out there, I was gonna be a beast, you know?”

The open secret of the nfl is that a lot nfl players don’t particularly enjoy playing in the nfl. It’s incredidbly brutal and demanding. But I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loved playing football like Shazier.

He genuinely — and I mean genuinely — wanted to tell his story so that he could make things a little better for kids (and adults) who are embarrassed about having alopecia. When he left, I said to my colleague, “that guy is just special.”

A few weeks later, Dan Rooney passed away. We were putting together a tribute for him. I texted Shazier asking if he wanted to give one of his memories. He texted me back literally 30 seconds later. “Absolutely. When?”

Ryan Shazier is the ultimate Steeler, and one of the best guys in football. Keep him in your prayers.


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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
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Ugh. This is starting to really depress me.


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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:29 pm 
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This is Awful news... A gut punch.
I'll continue to remain positive about next year and at the very least, i'll be very happy if dude can get around on his own again. I hope i'm there when he walks back into Heinz.

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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
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I selfishly hope he never plays again. I would be uneasy watching him out there.


aren't you also uneasy about watching big hits now too? Or am I mixing you up with someone else? It might be time to just stick with the PGA.

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 Post subject: Re: Shazier updates
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R S wrote:
Art Vandelay wrote:
I selfishly hope he never plays again. I would be uneasy watching him out there.


aren't you also uneasy about watching big hits now too? Or am I mixing you up with someone else? It might be time to just stick with the PGA.
Oh for fucks sake. Agenda much?

Dude has a history of stingers and the last injury was numbness in his arm. Could have been the same injury, only not as severe. Detailed reports suggest that once you've suffered an injury like this the chances of it happening again are high. And it might actually do irreparable damage.

I personally loved the JuJu hit. Clean. That's football.

But everybody is just soft when they show concern for a player, right?


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