Injured Pittsburgh Steeler Credits God for His Comeback but Media Censors His Faith Testimony: Please Continue to Pray
Kayla Root : Jan 12, 2018
Ryan Shazier was injured on December 4, and underwent spinal stabilization surgery three days later.
(Pittsburgh, PA)—[CBN News] Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier visited his teammates Wednesday for the first time since suffering a spinal injury last month during a Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Ryan Shazier/via CBN News)
According to ESPN, Shazier was injured on December 4, and underwent spinal stabilization surgery three days later at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
Details on the extent of his injury have remained scarce, but a report by WPXI-Pittsburgh stated that he has recently regained feeling in his legs since the accident.
More recently, Shazier posted to Instagram a picture of him in a wheelchair at the Steelers' indoor practice facility.
In his post, Shazier credits God for allowing him to achieve this "first downs" by attending practice.
Shazier writes, "I want to thank the Lord for the first downs that He has been allowing me to achieve. The touchdown is going to come in his timing, but today was a first down. I was finally able to make it to practice with my teammates."
He continues, "The Lord has not finished His work yet," and he goes on to thank his friends, families and teammates for the outpouring of prayers.
His father, Vernon Shazier, is a chaplain with the NFL and has remained active on Twitter seeking prayers for his son using the hashtags "#shalieve" and "#prayfor50."
Despite the heavy presence of prayer and mentions of God in both Shazier's posts and his father's, the Washington Post only quoted certain pieces.
The publication included Shazier's full Instagram post in the article, but they cherry-picked out the pieces that were about God.
They made it seem like Shazier was only making a comeback on his own, quoting this excerpt: "I've been making strides over the past month and continue to make progress. Taking it day-by-day, but I'm far from done." They excluded the sentence that follows, "The Lord has not finished His work yet."
They also chose not to include Shazier's faith references at the beginning where he cites God in saying, "the touchdown will come in his timing, but today was a first down."
The Associated Press followed a similar path, deleting "God" from Shazier's account of his recovery.