Ryan Shazier Walks Onto AT&T Stadium Stage to Announce Steelers Draft Pick 5 Months After Spinal Injury

Ryan Shazier was a showstopper yet again.

The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker produced the moment of the NFL draft Thursday night when he walked onto the AT&T Stadium stage in Dallas to announce his team’s first-round pick — safety Terrell Edmunds — at No. 28 overall.

Flanked by fiancée Michelle Rodriguez, Shazier made the walk from the corridor to the stage after being introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell.

“He inspires us all,” Goodell told the crowd.

Shazier took to Twitter later Thursday night to thank his supporters.

Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery in December after a Week 13 hit against the Cincinnati Bengals, has made incredible progress the past few months. He was released to outpatient treatment two months ago and attended Ohio State’s spring game earlier this month.

Asked how the Shazier appearance came about, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert cited the linebacker’s personal goals.

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SOURCE: ESPN, Jeremy Fowler

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