Life after football can pose challenges for some, especially when personal relationships become entangled.
Ryan Shazier, the former NFL star whose career was cut short due to a severe injury during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers, now faces public allegations of infidelity from his upset wife, Michelle. She initially posted and later deleted screenshots of texts exchanged between Shazier and another woman, sharing the damning messages on social media.
TMZ Sports and various outlets reported on the incriminating messages before Michelle removed the posts. In her statement, she expressed her frustration and disillusionment, accusing Shazier of infidelity and labeling him as a liar and cheater.
“A person that loves his family… this is what they do to their family… the WIFE.. that has been there for him since day 1! Infidelity at its finest! I can’t sit here and keep hiding anymore. You can have it. I deserve better,” she wrote in a post. “This is Ryan… he’s a liar and a cheater!”
The shared messages included Shazier recommending explicit reading material to the woman. Shazier, in response to the allegations, released a statement to TMZ Sports acknowledging the separation: “Michelle and I have been living apart and are currently separated. As we work through what comes next for our family, I ask for privacy and prayers.”
Ryan and Michelle tied the knot in 2019, with their marriage notably marked by Shazier’s courageous dance with his wife, showcasing resilience after a spinal injury nearly left him paralyzed. Shazier, a first-round pick by the Steelers in the 2014 NFL Draft, achieved Pro Bowl status in 2016 and 2017 before a catastrophic spinal injury in December 2017 abruptly ended his football career. He officially retired in September 2020.
Despite the challenges, Shazier remains a beloved figure in Pittsburgh, and the revelation of his personal struggles has left Steelers fans surprised and shocked.