Ryan Shazier Parents: Father Vernon And Mother Shawn Shazier

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Ryan Shazier, the former football player, was born to his parents Vernon and Shawn on September 6, 1992.

His career in the NFL was ended by a tragic event that led to his retirement after four years in football.

Throughout this difficult journey, his parents remained a constant source of support despite the challenges he faced in his career.

Ryan Shazier, An American Former Football Linebacker
Ryan Shazier, An American Former Football Linebacker (Source: Instagram)

Ryan Shazier gained recognition as a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL.

His career began at Ohio State University, later joining the Steelers after being drafted in 2014.

In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017, he suffered a significant injury from a head-first tackle, leading to paralysis.

After undergoing spinal stabilization surgery and intense rehabilitation, he spent two seasons on the Steelers’ physically-unable-to-perform list before retiring in 2020.

Post-retirement, Shazier has dedicated himself to community work, establishing a nonprofit that supports individuals dealing with specific disabilities.

Ryan Shazier Parents: Father Vernon And Mother Shawn Shazier

A former player Ryan was born to his parents Vernon and Shawn Shazier in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, U.S.

He has one sibling in the family named Vernon Shazier Jr.

Ryan Shazier Parents
Ryan Shazier Parents (Source: Facebook)

Ryan Shazier’s parents, Vernon and Shawn Shazier, both deeply believe in faith and actively participate in spiritual leadership.

Vernon serves as the Senior Pastor at the River of Life Fellowship Church in Fort Pierce, Florida, while Shawn is the First Lady at the same church.

Father Vernon Shazier

Vernon Shazier, retired NFL player Ryan Shazier’s father, has a multifaceted career beyond his role as a pastor.

He serves as a Senior Pastor at the River of Life Fellowship Church in Fort Pierce, Florida. Vernon is known for his motivational speaking and has a wealth of experience as a keynote speaker, preacher, and lecturer.

Previously, he worked as an NFL Chaplain with the Miami Dolphins and held a pastoral position at Mount Bethel Ministries in Fort Lauderdale.

Ryan Shazier Father Vernon Shazier
Ryan Shazier’s Father Vernon Shazier (Source: Facebook)

He got his degree in Bio-Medical Engineering from Keiser University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

Later he completed his Master of Divinity in Theology from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Texas.

Aside from his spiritual and academic pursuits, he has been part of The John Maxwell Team since August 5, 2016, and has prior experience working in Broward County Public Schools.

Moreover, he is also actively involved in several organizations. He has served as the President of The Champion Leader, Director of Football Operations at PMR Sports, and a Board Member and Chaplain for the National Football Players’ Fathers Association since March 2022.

Mother Shawn Shazier

Ryan Shazier shares a close connection with his mother Shawn. Ryan has occasionally expressed his love and appreciation for his mother on Mother’s Day.

He shared a heartfelt Instagram post wishing her a happy Mother’s Day on May 9, 2021.

Shawn Shazier serves as the First Lady of the River of Life Fellowship Church in Fort Pierce, Florida, which is pastored by Vernon J. Shazier, father of professional football player Ryan. 

Chanda Rai
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