While the world anxiously awaits to see if a rookie will start at quarterback for Week 1 of the NFL season, there is one fact that we pretty much know. The Pittsburgh Steelers will more than likely have former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier on the field as a starter come Week 1.
And Shazier is ready to follow in the footsteps of some of the greats of all time.
“It means a lot because of the guys who came before you,” Shazier told cleveland.com Monday. “It makes you want to follow in their footsteps. You don’t want to go somewhere that has a tradition of great players and fall off. You want build on what’s been done here before and keep the tradition going.”
Shazier is set to become the first rookie to start on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers since the 2001 season, and judging from the comments of longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, it’s no shock why.
“He was usually the prime hitter or one of the assisted hitters on almost any running play,” LeBeau said. “I found out why in working with him day to day. He’s tremendously quick and he’s got as much speed as any linebacker I have seen. Those were the assets we saw and I think they are even stronger than what we identified.”
This journey of one of the best Ohio State linebackers ever is going to be a joy to watch. Even though it is for the Steelers.