Ryan Shazier's father 'traumatized' by seeing his son's number on the field

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It was strange seeing a players wearing #50 on the field for the Steelers on Sunday and it really bothered at least one person.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Delontae Scott may have only played seven snaps on Sunday when the Steelers took on the Los Angeles Chargers, but he caught the attention of Vernon Shazier, the father of former linebacker Ryan Shazier.

“I’m still dazed and traumatized from seeing player wearing a #50 Steelers jersey in Sunday’s game,” the older Shazier said on Instagram.

He asked, using emoji, that people pray for him.

Ryan Shazier officially retired from football in September 2020.

He suffered a serious spinal injury back in December 2017 during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

He was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down and is goal was to play football again.

While that wasn’t to be, he was able to learn to walk again and was able to dance at his wedding.

“Football may have been taken away from me, but everything it gave me is still here inside,” Shazier said during his retirement announcement.

The Fan’s Colin Dunlap doesn’t believe it’s too soon to allow another player to wear the #50 but he has friends that believe it is.

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Amy Stephen

Number should have been retired in honor of Ryan Shazier and all of the greatness he brought to the team and the awful injury he sustained and the massive rebound he was able to make and had the heart and determination of wanting to come back to the team as well. Other numbers have been retired why not his??? Definitely heartbreaking 💔. Good luck Ryan to you and your family and live your live to the best❤️❤️ still praying for you 🙏🙏

Sam Mills

they should retire it. he literally gave up everything for the game


a football jersey number is no way in the same class as bein able to walk again and dance again after bein paralyzed!!


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