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Former Tennessee Titan Tim Shaw Reveals He Has ALS

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TimShawFormer linebacker for the Tennessee Titans Tim Shaw revealed Tuesday in a video posted to the Titans website that he has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“A year ago, I was playing NFL football,” Shaw, 30, said in┬áposted video. “I’ve recently been diagnosed with ALS. I’m here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease.”

Shaw then stood up in the video, lifted a bucket of ice water above his head, and poured it on himself as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has been sweeping through social media lately in order to build awareness for the disease and encourage donations.

Shaw challenged the Tennessee Titans organization, coach James Franklin, the Penn State football team, and his home community to follow suit and participate in the challenge as well.

Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, former Titan, and Shaw’s teammate in 2011 and 2012, Matt Hasselback had nothing, but praise for Shaw as a player and person, tweeting, “Sometimes you have a teammate that gets a small amount of credit but makes you & your team better in every way. That describes @TShawsTruth.”

Shaw was drafted in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers in the 2007 draft out of Penn State, and spent 1 season with each of the Panthers, Jaguars, Bears, before joining the Titans in 2010.

While playing with the Titans, Shaw became a special teams standout and started 3 games at linebacker in his career. He was special teams captain in 2011 and 2012, before being cut by the Titans in 2013. In his 6 year career Shaw played in 80 games.

Shaw announced his retirement from football earlier this year, but all the people he has met in his time in the NFL will stand with him as he begins his fight against ALS.

 

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