30-year-old former NFL player announces ALS diagnosis via the Ice Bucket Challenge

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Tim Shaw Announces He Has ALS In Ice Bucket Challenge Video

By JENNIFER EAKINS
XN Sports

We've all been bombarded on social media with videos of friends, family and celebrities participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It's easy to grow tired of seeing people dump ice and water on their heads ad nauseum and forget about all the good this viral campaign has done to create and awareness and generate unprecedented donations for such a horrific disease.

The fact that various ALS charities have received upwards of $22 million dollars in just short of a month is a powerful reminder of what we as a society are capable of, even if it means dealing with what can become an egocentric social media blitz.

30-year-old former NFL player announces ALS diagnosis via the Ice Bucket Challenge
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw answers questions at the Titans NFL football practice facility on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility where the Titans players, coaches and staff took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge by pouring ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee Titans players take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and pour ice water over their heads after NFL football practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility and witnessed the event to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw answers questions at the Titans NFL football practice facility on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility where the Titans players, coaches and staff took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge by pouring ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw, left, is greeted by quarterback Jake Locker after the Titans players, coaches and staff took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after NFL football practice on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility and witnessed the event that raises money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw, right, hugs his former teammate, fullback Collin Mooney, after the Titans players, coaches and staff took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after NFL football practice on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility and witnessed the event that raises money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw answers questions at the Titans NFL football practice facility on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility where the Titans players, coaches and staff took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge by pouring ice water over their heads to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tennessee Titans players take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and pour ice water over their heads after NFL football practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility and witnessed the event to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
In this framegrab from video provided by Titansonline.com, former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw pours a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle ALS. In the video posted Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, on the Tennessee Titans' website, the 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed with ALS. (AP Photo/Titansonline.com)
Tennessee Titans running back Dexter McCluster takes part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with teammates, coaches and staff and pours ice water over his head after NFL football practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Former Titans linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS, and visited the facility and witnessed the event to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - This is a 2013 file photo showing Tim Shaw of the Tennessee Titans NFL football team. Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw has announced that he has ALS. In a 25-second video posted Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, on the Titans' web site, the 30-year-old Shaw reveals he was recently diagnosed with ALS and pours a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness to battle the disease. (AP Photo/File)
Tennessee Titans' Tim Shaw (59) recovers a fumble by Philadelphia Eagles punt returner Jorrick Calvin, lower left, after a hit by Titans' Lavelle Hawkins (87) and Gerald McRath (51) late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in Nashville, Tenn. Also scrambling for the ball are Eagles' Joselio Hanson (21) and Eldra Buckley (34). The Titans won 37-19. (AP Photo/Frederick Breedon)
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Through all this awareness, there are faces beginning to emerge to shed light on this debilitating disease and help others understand its nature. Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw, who was in the NFL as recently as a year ago, announced via the team's website that he has been diagnosed with ALS at age 30. His statement also served as his own personal Ice Bucket Challenge.

Shaw was drafted in 2007 by the Carolina Panthers and also had stints with the Bears and Jaguars before finishing his career in Tennessee. In his personal video, Shaw starts out by saying, "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."

There is some speculation that taking as many hits as NFL players do in the course of their career has a direct correlation to the disease. According to the American Academy of Neurology, a player's risk of death from ALS or Alzheimer's disease is almost four times that of the general public.

Two former NFL athletes, Steve Gleason, previously with the Saints and O.J. Brigance of the Ravens have both been publicly fighting the disease and working hard to increase funding before this viral campaign was launched.

Let's hope the recent diagnosis of Tim Shaw will create even more awareness within the NFL community and help promote not only finding a cure, but the possibility of researching the necessary safety measures to someday eliminate the risks altogether.

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30-year-old former NFL player announces ALS diagnosis via the Ice Bucket Challenge
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