Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Shaw announced the news in a video on the Tennessee Titans website, before completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
You can watch that video here.
Shaw then challenged the entire Tennessee Titans roster and the Penn State Nittany Lions football team, his alma mater, and “my Clarenceville community” to do the same. Shaw was a high school football standout at Clarenceville High School in Livonia, Michigan.
Throughout his six-year NFL career, Shaw played for the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Titans. He joined the league as a fifth-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Shaw retired from football last season after being released by the Titans. He finished his NFL career with 127 tackles and three forced fumbles.
We wish Shaw nothing but the best as he begins to fight this difficult disease and hope that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge will continue to raise awareness and lead to donations that can hopefully one day find a cure.