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Pittsburgh Steelers middle linebacker Ryan Shazier officially has his name announced onto the 2017 Pro Bowl roster. Shazier has been called upon to replace Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker C.J. Mosley, who unfortunately won’t be able to take part in this season’s Pro Bowl due to injury.
This upcoming Pro Bowl will be Shazier’s career first, as he will take the field at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 29. Not only that, but Shazier being added to the roster makes him the 6th Pittsburgh Steeler nominated to the 2017 Pro Bowl. He will be playing alongside Ben Roethlisberger (quarterback), Le’Veon Bell (running back), Antonio Brown (wide receiver), Maurkice Pouncey (center) and David DeCastro (guard). This makes it the 16th consecutive season where the Steelers have multiple players sent to play in the Pro Bowl.
Shazier’s Pro Bowl entry was surely well deserved, as he racked up 87 total tackles (14 in playoffs), 3.5 sacks (0 in playoffs), 3 interceptions (2 in playoffs) and 3 forced fumbles (0 in playoffs) despite missing 3 games caused by injury.
The 2016 season could be considered Shazier’s breakout year. After being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft (15th overall pick), he had a shaky first two seasons wearing the black and yellow because of his battle with the injury bug, but this season seemed to make us forget about those disappointing first two years.
We’ve now officially seen what this young-buck can do on the gridiron when having a relatively healthy season, so basically the only remaining questions is can he keep performing at this high level on a consistent basis, and can he stay healthy while doing so? If so, then this young man may be getting nominated to many more Pro Bowls in the future.