Ben thanks for letting me be out there with you guys today!!! #probowl
— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) January 28, 2018
On Friday, Roethlisberger tweeted a picture of the cleats he planned to wear, which also paid tribute to late Steelers owner Dan Rooney.
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) January 26, 2018
Steelers players also wore T-shirts underneath their jerseys to honor Shazier. Fullback Roosevelt Nix made reference to the shirt in a tweet Sunday.
#shalieve still tho… you already know what that black shirt under the jersey was
— 5⃣Roosevelt nix (@Dat_Dude_Nix) January 28, 2018
Shazier suffered a spinal injury during a Dec. 4 Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery on Dec. 7. Shazier’s father told WPXI-Pittsburgh on Jan. 4 that Shazier had regained feeling in his legs.
Eight Steelers, including Shazier, were voted into the Pro Bowl, and the team had 10 players in all receive nods for the game after injury replacements were selected. In addition, the Steelers’ staff coached the AFC team. Roethlisberger told ESPN before the game that it was special to play with so many of his teammates Sunday, but he noted Shazier’s absence.
“There’s one guy that’s supposed to be here that’s not here but hopefully is watching, and that’s Ryan. Ryan, we love you, we’ve got you on our cleats, we’ve got you on our shirts. We’re loving you, buddy,” Roethlisberger said on Sunday NFL Countdown.