Shazier has been the Steelers’ biggest defensive playmaker since they took him in the first round of the 2014 draft.

The 25-year-old Shazier means so much more to the Steelers than that, as was seen in the way his teammates reacted immediately after his injury. They had a hard time holding back tears in the immediate aftermath and for the rest of the game.

Yes, I do, Vernon Shazier said. I Shalieve. Shazier and his family consistently use that play on Shazier’s last name and the word believe when talking about his injury.

The injury was terrifying, and it’s difficult to even think about whether Shazier can or will play football in the future. What matters now is just Shazier’s continued recovery.

The Mountain State could be a model for other states without any of the four major U.S. sports leagues — the NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB — operating at the highest level within its borders. West Virginia eschewed the idea of a 1 percent integrity fee that would go to the sport being bet on in order to fund investigations and regulations aimed at preventing point shaving and other gambling-related scandals. Instead, the state will cut its two Division I institutions — Marshall and West Virginia University — a slice of the gaming revenue collected by the state.

Even though the Jets had already invested the 18th overall pick on Pennington, the first quarterback they had taken in the first round since Ken O’Brien in 1983, the source said Kaye loved Brady, who had thrown for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 35-34 overtime victory over Alabama in the Orange Bowl in the final game of his college career, but was unable to persuade Parcells — despite the scout’s deep conviction that Brady was going to be an excellent player — to take him.

When the Jets turned in their card in the sixth round with the 179th pick, they took North Carolina State defensive back Tony Scott. Twenty picks later, using a supplemental sixth-round draft choice, the Patriots selected Brady.

It turns out Kaye was right — Brady turned out to be pretty dang good. Scott, on the other hand, posted one career interception and retired after playing in 23 games.

Chad Pennington spent eight seasons with the Jets, taking over as the team’s starter in 2002. He had a strong start to his career and received a huge extension in 2004, but was ultimately undone by a long list of injuries. He was twice named Comeback Player of the Year, but his career ended unceremoniously with the Miami Dolphins after an offseason ACL tear in 2011.

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