Tim Shaw Talks About His Battle With ALS

Tim Shaw Talks About His Battle With ALS

Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw spoke with the media Wednesday about his battle with ALS.

Tim Shaw, who was one of the most well liked, and respected players in the Tennessee Titans locker room during his time with the team announced he is battling ALS.

In a video posted on the Titans website Tuesday evening, Shaw shared the diagnosis of this terrible disease with the organization and fans of the club.

During that video Shaw challenged the Titans organization along with his college alma-mater Penn State University to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge to fight ALS. On Wednesday, the Titans organization answered that challenge as the entire team, coaching staff and office personnel assembled on the practice field following Wednesday's morning practice and performed the challenge as Shaw and media members watched.

Following the challenge Shaw spoke publically with the media for the first time since his diagnosis in April of this year.

"You know, I've never been at the curtain before," said Shaw, in reference to the Titans banner that coaches and players stand before during interviews. "It's an honor."

"Overwhelmed, I'm Happy and I feel very loved and I feel very humbled to be shown that type of demonstration," continued Shaw when aske how he feels.

"(It was) very difficult to go public, it was made very clear to me that the time was right, and I have waited for months and needed to process it on my own and figure out what my message was going to be," continued Shaw. "If I had just came out right away, I wouldn't have known much about it (his condition) I wouldn't have known what I am really going to stand for against this and in my life, so I needed to process those things but really I'm overwhelmed by the support. It's been unbelievable and I have always loved attention, I don't know if you guys know that about me but not this kind of attention and so I knew it was something I needed to do, I knew it was something that would be beneficial, not for me but for the cause, and so that's why I did it and really it's been an amazing support and amazing response and I thing the human race is so powerful, and what we can do when we put ourselves together and put out minds to it is something amazing."

Shaw continued by on, thought he clearly became emotional at times.

"Late 2012, early 2013 for sure," stated Shaw as to when he first noticed something wrong. "It showed itself in my muscles, you see my legs twitching and my muscles twitching and it showed itself in weakness in my muscles, and it showed itself in lack of, loss of some athletic ability that I've always had, and so those were the early signs.

Shaw was asked when he began to seek medical attention.

"While I was playing here that whole 2013 off-season we were, the Titans staff were analyzing me for different things and trying to figure out what injury I was struggling from," continued Shaw. "To know avail and to no discredit of their own, I don't blame anyone, it's just something you don't think about, and so there were MRI's done, there were tests done and there were doctors seen so it just never crossed anyone's mind to go that direction.

"ALS is a disease that treat everyone differently and you can't say that there's a normal and so some people really struggle quickly and some people stay the same for a while," stated Shaw. "The doctors won't tell you, but think the thing I really want to focus on is that there is going to be a way to cure this disease, we just don't know what that is yet, but I believe we are so close, I really do because this is a disease that has lacked attention, it has lacked funding and this amazing, amazing phenomenon that is happening is bringing that awareness and bringing that funding, so I don't think we're very far from some great break through to help people who are struggling with this disease.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever had to hear," stated Shaw when asked how emotional it was hearing his diagnosis. "So every thought runs through your mind but as a man you have a choice, 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. So as staggering as that news was, and as staggering as it is to hear, and to say, I made that choice to stand up and live life to the fullest like I always have, and so I didn't change what I was doing, haven't changed my mindset, I simply kept on with what I was doing, attacking the things that are important to me.

Shaw who is a devote man of faith, spoke also about that faith and what it means to him.

"That is what drives me. I believe that God made this body, God built me to play seven years in the NFL," stated Shaw. "I never missed a game, I've never had a surgery, tell me that's not a miracle in itself. I believe that God has built this body in a way to withstand something like this and to fight something like this and absolutely. That is my number one driving force and if I didn't believe that the I would be a mess.

Tim Shaw was an ace special teams player for the Titans, he was the special teams captain from 2010-2012 and for all the thing he accomplished on the field, perhaps his greatest accomplishment will be what he does in life after football, in the battle for his life.

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