You can be disappointed the Pittsburgh Steelers won Sunday night. New England Patriots fans sure are. But if you have a soul, you’ll love how they celebrated the victory.
After clinching the AFC North title with a come-from-behind, 39-38 win over the Baltimore Ravens on “Sunday Night Football,” Pittsburgh dedicated the triumph to injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, who underwent spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday and still is in the hospital following his scary back injury last weekend.
And the Steelers got Shazier involved in awesome fashion — by piping him into the Heinz Field locker room via FaceTime.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger shouted out Shazier in his postgame interview with NBC — which the linebacker got to see live on-screen while surrounded by his family before joining his teammates to break down the win.
It doesn’t get much cooler than that.
The Steelers also presented Shazier with the game ball after at least 15 players wore custom cleats in his honor.
It appears Shazier came away with some swag of his own Sunday night, too — Pittsburgh linebacker Vince Williams told reporters after the game that he and his teammates planned to pay Shazier a visit at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to drop off an AFC North Champion hat and T-shirt.
There were plenty of ugly scenes from Week 14, but this was truly heartwarming to watch the Steelers rally around Shazier — and include him in their celebration after he worked so hard to help get them there.
Even if Shazier’s message got lost a bit in the madness.
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