Jan 28, 2018; Orlando, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) looks to pass against the NFC in the first half in the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium.  Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was not at Sunday’s Pro Bowl. But thanks to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger his presence was felt on the field.

Prior to the game, Big Ben unveiled shoes that honored both Shazier and the Steelers late owner, Dan Rooney.

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— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) January 26, 2018

Roethlisberger also gave Shazier — who was selected to the Pro Bowl — a shoutout on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.

“There’s one guy that’s supposed to be here that’s not here but hopefully is watching, and that’s Ryan,” the quarterback said on the show, per ESPN. “Ryan, we love you, we’ve got you on our cleats, we’ve got you on our shirts. We’re loving you, buddy,”

Shazier was thankful for his teammate’s gesture.

Shazier was injured making a tackle in a December game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following his injury, Shazier has drawn support from people in the NFL, as well as those who have suffered serious injuries.

His progress remains something of a mystery, though Shazier’s father does not believe that his son’s NFL career is over.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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