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

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.

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.

See celebrities who have doused themselves for the Ice Bucket Challenge:



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DanD August 21 2014 at 5:10 PM

Horrible, HORRIBLE disease. My brother had it, and I think they are no closer to finding a cause, or link than they were 50 years ago. I PRAY that they DO find a cause/link and eventual cure, and I hope the money helps.... But there HAS to be a larger effort....

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franklinjefferson DanD August 21 2014 at 5:50 PM

They've brought in 30 times as much this year compared to last due to the exposure of the challenge. Hopefully, a good majority of that will go to research.

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moudsie DanD August 22 2014 at 2:42 PM

Exaclty--yet I heard today the Catholic Church is against donations because they use embryos or whatever in research--OMG--they need to smarten up (and note: I'm a Catholic--yet some of the "rules" "mandates" are plain ridiculous.

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Angela9 August 21 2014 at 6:46 PM

So sad he has ALS. I wish hm the best as he makes others awaare of this deadly disease. God be with him.

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grgblnk1 Angela9 August 21 2014 at 8:10 PM

If God was with him he would not have the disease

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Mike August 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

How unfortunate that he chose this event ot announce his condition. The ice bucket challenge is about money, not people with ALS.

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dowdrmd August 21 2014 at 10:45 PM

Well its been said stem cell research out of Isreal looks promising maybe the Nfl should look into it.

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hackbo9 August 21 2014 at 5:05 PM

Another worthless charity that takes in millions but pays more in salaries than it actually spends on ALS, only 21% to be exact. See for yourself their tax returns are on Guidestar. almost all these big charities(susan g. komen, wounded warriors) are a crock if you ask me. Do your research.

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Mimi August 22 2014 at 1:20 PM

Whatever it takes to bring awareness and funds to this terrible disease. This I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.

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bobbro100 August 22 2014 at 12:44 PM

Some thing that hasn't been talked about lately, but was in the news back in the 70's, was the number of former SF 49er players who were diagnosed with ALS. As I remember many studies were done to determine why a number of 49ers from the 50's contracted ALS, but I don't remember any definitive explanation.

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ROCCOXYZ August 22 2014 at 2:37 AM

SAD STORY BUT YOU DON'T NEED AN ICE BUCKET TO REMIND ME OR YOU OF DISEASE. JUST TAKE A WALK THROUGH ANY CANCER WARD. SO LET THESE CELEBRITIES REACH IN THEIR DAMN POCKET AND WRITE A CHECK TO THE FAMILIES SUFFERING TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN AND RELATIVES STRICKEN BY THIS EVIL.

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