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Former NFL Linebacker reveals ALS daignosis amidst the ice bucket challenges

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Former Linebacker for the Tennessee Titans Tim Shaw has revealed through the team's website that he has been diagnosed with ALS disease.

The ice bucket challenge has raised a fantastic amount of money for the cause and also improved awareness of the disease drastically, Shaw also participated in the challenge himself after announcing his diagnosis.

Through the short video on the Titans website, Shaw explained: "A year ago, I was playing NFL football, I've recently been diagnosed with ALS. I'm here today and stand up and fight with all of you against this disease."

As requested in the challenge, Shaw proceeded to pour freezing cold water on himself much like the many stars of the NFL and NBA have.

The social media phenomenon has greatly increased the awareness of the disease whilst amassing over millions for the cause, the money will be invested in researching amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

After performing the task, Shaw then challenged the Tennessee Titans organisation as a whole, coach James Franklin and the Penn State football team to follow his lead and complete the ice bucket challenge.

Shaw's last team in the NFL was the Tennessee Titans but he played in the league for seven seasons with multiple franchises including the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears.

The linebacker was initially drafted by the Panthers in 2007 when they selected him in the 5th round out of Penn State University.

He joined the Titans in 2010 and enjoyed his most successful spell in his football career when he played in all 16 games of each of his three seasons with the team, he played a total of 80 games in the NFL.

If you want to check out the video of Shaw doing his ice bucket challenge, follow the link to the Tennessee Titans home page -

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