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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has won the 2019
George Halas Award by the Professional Football Writers of America.Shazier Devin White Jersey , the 51st Halas Award winner, is the third Steeler to receive the honor from the PFWA, joining Rocky Bleier (1975) and John Stallworth (1985). He is making progress from a spinal contusion suffered in the 2017 season while making a tackle and has not played since.The Halas Award is given to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. The award is named for Halas, a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter.“In my 35 years covering the Steelers, I’ve seen many players overcome much adversity, but never have I seen such determination by a player to overcome what Ryan has and to reach a point L.J. Collier Jersey , physically and mentally, where he is,” said Ed Bouchette, a PFWA voter. “It’s unbelievable how teammates talk about how he has inspired them. (Steelers VP/general manager) Kevin Colbert and (coach) Mike Tomlin have spoken many times about what he has meant to the organization, the front office and the players. He has been one big inspiration.“He’s going to all the meetings, watching film, breaking down opponents, going in with the scouts to watch stuff, looking at prospects at draft time Johnathan Abram Jersey , and he’s on the field every day. He’s made remarkable recovery from an injury where many of us believed he wouldn’t be able to.“He’s an inspiration to fans as well. His first public appearance was at a Steelers home game. They showed him on the Jumbotron, and the ovation was incredible. Same thing at a Penguins game. At the NFL draft, he walked without help publicly for the first time. He’s been a tremendous inspiration all the way around.”Shazier was drafted by the Steelers in the first round in 2014. In Week 13 of the 2017 season against Cincinnati, Shazier attempted a head-first tackle, and after the play, reached for his back and could not move his legs. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery several days after his injury.He has refused to give up on playing again.Other 2019 nominees were Steelers running back James Conner; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman; recently retired Houston Texans safety Andre Hal; and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan knows his team can go in one of two directions with the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft.Take the top available pass rusher to help upgrade a defense that struggled to create takeaways last year or move down in the draft and accumulate additional draft picks.Which direction the 49ers go, remains to be seen.“You know you’re going to get a good player with the second pick, and that really helps your organization for a number of years Maxx Crosby Jersey , having that rookie contract,” Shanahan said.“If you can add anything with a trade that you feel can improve your team more, you don’t hesitate to do that. Things come up, and I know they’ll continue to come up all the way until draft day. I know we’re going to get a good player at No. 2, and if not, it’s because we’re getting a very good trade at No. 2. It should be a win-win regardless.”The decision on what to do may not be made until after Arizona decides what to do with the top pick. If the Cardinals go ahead and take quarterback Kyle Murray first overall, it might take a mega offer to persuade the Niners to trade down and pass up the top projected defensive end in Ohio State’s Nick Bosa or defensive tackle in Quinnen Williams.But if Bosa ends up going first, the 49ers might be willing to move down and take one of the several other available edge rushers in a deep draft at the position, especially if another team is willing to trade a premium to move up for Murray.However the draft plays out Foster Moreau Jersey , the Niners want to get an impact defensive player to team with new pass rusher Dee Ford to improve a defense that set an NFL record for futility with just seven takeaways last season.“The better your pass rush is, that hides a lot of problems,” Shanahan said. “We’ve been pretty stacked with some inside pass rush, adding an outside pass rush has been of huge importance to us, and it started with getting Dee.”Here are some other things to watch in the draft:ADDING PICKSOne reason the Niners might be eager to trade down is the fact they have only six picks coming into the draft. San Francisco has no picks in the fifth or seventh rounds, but does have a compensatory pick in the sixth. Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have shown an affinity for moving around in the draft the past two years, trading down from No. 2 in 2017 and then back into the first round to grab Reuben Foster. San Francisco also moved up in the second round last year to take WR Dante Pettis.CATCH IT WHILE YOU CANFinding a receiver will likely be a priority in the draft with the second or third round a likely spot to go in that direction. Pettis showed some positive signs as a rookie and Marquise Goodwin has proven to be an adequate deep threat when healthy.But San Francisco could use another option in the intermediate game to team with prolific TE George Kittle. Jordan Matthews was signed this offseason, but has had problems with injuries throughout his career and isn’t seen as the long-term answer.SAFETY FIRSTSan Francisco was expected to be in the running for a starting free safety in free agency, but opted not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas and brought back oft-injured Jimmie Ward instead. Adrian Colbert Joey Bosa Jersey , who showed promise as a seventh-round pick in 2017, struggled last year before being sidelined with a season-ending ankle injury and the team could seek an upgrade.AROUND THE CORNERRichard Sherman played well in his first season in San Francisco, but the other cornerback spot was a problem all year as 2017 third-rounder Ahkello Witherspoon struggled. Injury-plagued Jason Verrett was signed in the offseason, but can’t be counted on to stay healthy. Finding a rookie to compete for that spot figures to be a priority and San Francisco also needs to start looking for a replacement down the road for the 31-year-old Sherman.JUST FOR KICKSThe Niners lost punter Bradley Pinion in free agency and could be in the market for a new one despite signing Justin Vogel in the offseason. San Francisco would like a punter who can also handle kickoffs since franchise-tagged kicker Robbie Gould hasn’t done that in recent years. Stanford’s Jake Bailey could be a late-round option, especially if San Francisco is able to add a couple of additional picks to fill other needs.

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