Tim Shaw on ALS diagnosis: “The hardest thing I’ve ever had to hear


The sight of ice bucket challenges has become common across NFL training camps, but in Tennessee, it had a little more meaning Wednesday.

Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw was there for it, a day after announcing he had been diagnosed with ALS in April.

“I would never say I am not afraid of anything,” Shaw said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. “If you look at what ALS has done to people, that is a scary process. So I am not scared to die, but the process is a little daunting.”

The 30-year-old Shaw was visibly emotional while describing the process, as he said he could tell he was losing athletic ability and his muscles were twitching long before the diagnosis, which he called: “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to hear.”

“Every thought runs through your mind, but as a man you have a choice,” Shaw said. “What are you going to do? Are you going to stand up and fight for your life? Or are you going to accept what someone else tells you is reality and just fade away? As staggering as that news was and as shocking as it was to hear and to say, I made that choice to stand up and live life to the fullest like I believe I always have.”

Along with former Saints safety Steve Gleason, that’s the kind of face ALS needs, to inspire others to fight one of the most despicable diseases known to man.

27 responses to “Tim Shaw on ALS diagnosis: “The hardest thing I’ve ever had to hear

  1. D. Manning – Tim Shaw was your friend in high school.

    If you are reading this, I’m sorry to hear. This is terrible news.

    Also, you are the hottest chick I ever had. Thanks for all the good times. Hope all is well.

    Fellow Lions lover for life

    PS – Good luck Tim Shaw. Keep donating and dropping ice buckets. Let’s find a cure!

  2. Another sad, but also inspiring story. Tim you’re on my Prayer list and I Pray that you can STAY STRONG in this battle. Best to you MAN.

  3. Like many others, I have seen firsthand what this disease does to someone. Tim, I just said a prayer for you. You are loved by your family and friends. May that knowledge sustain you through the most difficult days.

  4. Sad news another stupid disease. and the really sad part is like cancer there will never be a cure, because there is no profit in cures.

    best of luck Tim, never give up.

  5. My Wife’s grandfather died from this awful disease, it was hard to see such a strong man go like that. He was a union ironworker for most of his life. Back in the day before OSHA and all the rules they have now. I knew him later today in life, but he was still a hard worker. I find the feelings all come back when I hear about others getting it. Like someone said earlier, there probably will never be a cure., because there is no profit in that. Hopefully the NFL jumps on the bandwagon and gives some of their ridiculous profits to ALS.

  6. I cannot fathom how absolutely devastating that news must be, and I can’t believe how well these guys like Shaw handle it. You can’t say enough prayers or dump enough buckets of ice water for these folks.

  7. “Also, you are the hottest chick I ever had. ”

    You’re an idiot.

    Hang in there Tim Shaw.

  8. Tim Shaw a very respectable guy. Its awesome to see him still have his faith in God too. Aside from football, he is a role model. He said that he is going to Brazil on a mission trip in September to help dig a well for a village. ALS needs more people like him to help be a face to spread awareness. If you don’t know him, just watch the interview on the Titans website and you can see how strong and respectable he is. I did the ice bucket challenge and donated. You’re also in my prayers. Stay strong Tim!

  9. The brain is very sensitive and when it gets hit many times the affects can trigger all sorts of diseases….

    Please protect your head.

  10. Lost my mom to AlS and wouldn’t wish this on anyone ever. Absolutely devastating disease. Not sure what kind of a moron gives a thumbs down on these words of encouragement to Tim….

    Prayers for Tim, his family and all who love him and anybody else who has to deal with this devastating disease.

  11. I would love to meet the losers face to face who put a thumbs down on any of this and turn his or her thumb right side up and shove it you know where! Jeeez really?

    This man and many others are going to go through an unspeakable hell. They need the support, prayers, advice, and love of people whether they know that person or not. This is what it means to be a human being!

    Much love to Tim and his family and all that give a “THUMBS UP”

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