Ryan Dean Shazier is an American former professional football player born on September 6, 1992 in Florida, United States. He was a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).
Shazier, who started playing football in college for the Ohio State Buckeyes was selected by the Steelers in the first round of the 2014 NPL Draft .
He had a successful first few seasons in the NFL, including a Pro Bowl appearance in 2016, but unfortunately, during the 2017 season, in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Shazier attempted to make a head-first tackle.
That tackle left him a paraplegic, after which he had to have spinal stabilization surgery and learn to walk again.
Shazier announced his retirement from football in 2020 After spending two seasons on the Steelers’ physically unable to perform list.
Ryan Shazier Personal life
Shazier has alopecia which he lived with throughout his childhood, and as a result, he became a subject of ridicule and taunting among his peers.
Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which prevents the growth of hair on the body.
However, he got support and encouragement from his parents, which helped him developed an altruistic temperament to deal with the jabs and name calling.
Ryan wrote of his experiences in May 2017, when his hair mysteriously began growing back.
On May 3, 2019, Shazier married Michelle Rodriguez.
Shazier has a son from a previous relationship named Ryan Dean Shazier Jr., and another son born in January 2019 to him and Rodriguez.
Trouble in paradise
Trouble began in November 2023 when Shazier was accused of infidelity by Rodriguez.
Michelle, went off on Ryan in late November 2023 when she took to social media to apparently expose his text messages with an unnamed woman.
“Infidelity at its finest,” Michelle captioned the post of the screenshots of the messages. “I can’t sit here and keep hiding anymore . You can have it. I deserve better. This is Ryan… he’s a liar and a cheater!”
Now, Ryan Shazier has filed for divorce from wife Michelle Shazier less than two months after she claimed that he cheated on her.
Rodrigues had even showed proof of text messages between him and another woman to back her claim.
Ryan, 31, filed for divorce on Wednesday.
The court documents are reportedly sealed and no further information is available at the moment.