Tim Shaw’s NFL career ended with a diagnosis of ALS in 2014.
But the Titans made sure this week he always had an NFL home.
Via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, Shaw has signed a one-day contract with the Titans during an emotional team meeting. He’ll then go to the reserve/retired list.
“He’s going to be a Titan for life,’’ Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
“It means the world to have this organization behind me,’’ Shaw said. “It is going to make a difference in my life, but really it is going to make a difference in more peoples’ lives because the ALS community needs recognition and we need support like this, . . . It really does mean the world.”
The Titans could have made a ceremonial move such as this during the offseason, when it wouldn’t have cost them a roster spot. But after waiving an injured cornerback this week, the team decided it was an appropriate time to honor Shaw.
“Why not sign this guy back to the football team, and make him a Titan for life?,’’ General Manger Jon Robinson said. “We looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Shaw was diagnosed with the disease a years after he finished playing. But he’s remained an inspiration in Tennessee and beyond. Originally a Panthers fifth-round pick in 2007, he spent three seasons with the Titans (2010-12), and was a captain for two seasons.