Tim Shaw hasn’t played in the NFL since 2012, but on Tuesday, he officially became a Tennessee Titan for life. Shaw ’06, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2014 and has become a champion for those who suffer from the disease, signed a one-day contract with the team before immediately getting placed on the squad’s Reserve/Retired list.
The Titans’ roster learned the news on Tuesday night, when Shaw surprised his teammates by showing up to a team meeting. Tennessee head coach Mike Mularkey said that the Titans signed a linebacker/special teams player who was the “best fit” for their final roster spot, which led to Shaw walking in and the players giving him a standing ovation. The video is terrific.
According to TitansOnline, Shaw said this gesture “means the world” to him. While he noted that this will make a difference in his life, he said that “it is going to make a difference in more peoples’ lives because the ALS community needs recognition, and we need support like this.”
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