Former Penn State and NFL linebacker Tim Shaw revealed during his Ice Bucket Challenge video Tuesday that he has ALS, the crippling disease that has been at the forefront of public consciousness lately through a widespread fundraising effort.
Shaw posted his video on the Tennessee Titans' website with the following message:
"I'm Tim Shaw. A year ago I was playing NFL football. I've recently been diagnosed with ALS. I'm here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease. I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, Coach Franklin and the Penn State football team and my Clarenceville community. Let's do this."
Shaw, 30, played for PSU from 2002-06, beginning his career as a running back before moving to linebacker. A solid defensive player for the Nittany Lions, he was well known for moving up to play a hybrid stand-up defensive end position his senior year when the line lacked depth.
Shaw was a fifth-round NFL draft pick in 2007 and just retired in March after appearing in 80 games. He played for Carolina, Jacksonville and Chicago before spending the final three years of his career as a special teams standout with the Titans.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the nation by storm in recent weeks, raising awareness for ALS - commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease - to an all-time high. Given the immense attention currently being paid to the disease, Shaw's announcement spread quickly on social media Tuesday night.
Among the many people sending him well wishes were numerous former and current Penn State players.
"The entire Penn State family is praying for you as you battle ALS @TimShawsTruth," former PSU defensive back Stephon Morris tweeted.
"Everybody keep my buddy and former teammate @TimShawsTruth in their prayers as he battles and fights #ALS. Great player and even better person," former Lion center A.Q. Shipley tweeted.