Former linebacker Tim Shaw, who retired after being released last year by the Titans, has become the latest NFL player to develop ALS.
Shaw spent six seasons in the NFL after arriving via the 2007 draft to Carolina. He made the announcement on Tuesday via a video posted at the Titans’ website. He then took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Shaw thereafter challenged the current Titans roster and the Penn State football team to do the same thing.
Shaw, who also played for the Jaguars and Bears, talked about his plans for the future in March. Now, those plans have changed dramatically. We wish him the best as he fights this horrible disease, and we encourage everyone to contribute to the ALS Association and/or to The Gleason Initiative Foundation, started by former Saints defensive back Steve Gleason, and/or to The Brigance Brigade, launched by former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance.
With enough money and research and dedication, ALS can be cured. Here’s hoping it happens sooner than later.