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Former linebacker Tim Shaw battles ALS, named Tennessee 'Titan for Life'

Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2014.
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on the sidelines during a preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. AP

Former NFL linebacker Tim Shaw was diagnosed with ALS in 2014, a year after his career ended.

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Titans announced they signed Shaw to a contract after he met with the team in what the Titans’ website said was an “emotional team meeting.”

According to video shared by titansonline.com, Shaw was joined at the team complex by his parents as well as his brother and sister-in-law.

His brother Andrew and mother Sharon helped Shaw put his No. 59 Titans jersey back on at the meeting.

“It means the world to have this organization behind me,’’ Shaw was quoted telling the gathered Tennessee players and coaches.

“It is going to make a difference in my life, but really it is going to make a difference in more peoples’ lives because the ALS community needs recognition and we need support like this … It really does mean the world.”

Shaw, 32, is currently listed on the Titans roster and will remain there through Wednesday. According to the website, Shaw will then be placed on the team’s Reserve/Retired list.

On the bio listed when Shaw’s link is clicked are the words ‘Linebacker/Titan for Life.’

“I could tell by the look on his face how honored he is to be a Titan for life and to realize he is making a difference in not just our lives, but the lives of players here and beyond,’’ John Shaw, Tim’s father, told the website.

“For me it is sad because I realize one of the reasons he is here is because of the disease he has, and that is just hard. He is dealing with it in the most honorable, wonderful way. But without that, realizing he probably wouldn’t be here and doing this, that just made me sad today, too.”

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