Former LB Tim Shaw, who is battling ALS, named Tennessee Titans captain

By The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 5, 2017 at 8:48 PM
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Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw, who is battling Lou Gehrig's disease, was named as one of the team's six captains for the season.

Shaw has had a profound effect on the Titans during his fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The 33-year-old gives motivational speeches to the team and remains a constant presence among the players.

"It is real special for Tim to be with us," linebacker Wesley Woodyard, one of the Titans' other captains, told the team website. "Nobody knows how many days you have on this earth, and him battling ALS, it shows the courage he has to keep going on. It is amazing to have him around, and we cherish him."

Shaw played with the Titans from 2010-12 and was a special teams captain in his first two campaigns in Tennessee. He was released by the club in 2013 and announced that he has ALS the following year.

In 2014, Shaw participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge -- the social media rage designed to raise awareness for ALS.

"A year ago, I was playing NFL football," Shaw said in the short video at the time. "I've recently been diagnosed with ALS. I'm here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease."

Quarterback Marcus Mariota, tight end Delanie Walker, linebacker Brian Orakpo, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey were the other Titans named team captains.

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