Ryan Shazier just released a video on twitter, stating that he is retiring from the NFL. According to Andrew Merchand, he will join The Ringer, a football podcast.
Shazier tragically left the game of football after suffering a spinal injury three years ago.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, where he played for four seasons. Shazier was just starting to hit his prime, as he made back to back Pro Bowls in 2016 and 2017. He didn’t attend the 2017 Pro Bowl as that was the year of his injury.
*All stats from pro-football-reference.com
Shazier had 299 career tackles in just four seasons in the league. Also, he forced seven fumbles and intercepted seven passes.
Andrew Marchand announced that Shazier would be joining the Ringer, a sports and pop culture website, founded by Bill Simmons. Shazier will host the NFL portion of the show on Tuesdays.
His new knowledge of the league and all the players will add further insight to the show. It will be great to see Shazier continue his passion for the game of football through The Ringer.
Shazier will continue to cheer on his Steelers, as they kick off their season against the Giants on Monday Night Football.