The 28-year-old announced the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation on Tuesday:
Ryan Shazier @RyanShazier
I’m truly excited to announce the Ryan Shazier Fund for Spinal Rehabilitation. My team and I have been working behind the scenes to find ways to continue to push forward progress for the spinal cord community. One step at a time we will change how people view spinal injuries. https://t.co/kpQtkx0KjB
"My injury has helped me see firsthand what the SCI community goes through every day and the inequities people face when it comes to getting the care they need," Shazier said in a press release. "I want to be there for people who are going through similar struggles, including their caregivers and families."
He did just that at the 2018 NFL draft, walking onto the stage to announce the Steelers' first-round pick, Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.
Shazier, who hadn't played since his injury, officially retired from the NFL in September.