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Former NFL Linebacker Tim Shaw Announces He Has ALS In Ice Bucket Challenge Video

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We've seen a ton of those ice bucket challenge videos in recent weeks -- many of them hilarious fails and clever spoofs -- but former Tennessee Titans linebacker Tim Shaw reminds us why the disease is so personal to the NFL.

In his ice bucket challenge video, first posted Tuesday to the Tennessee Titan's website, the recently retired 30-year-old linebacker announces that he has the disease.

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

Shaw is "at least the fourth NFL veteran in the past seven years to be diagnosed with ALS," according to Forbes.

"I want to challenge the Tennessee Titans organization, Coach Franklin and the Penn State football team and my Clarenceville community," Shaw says. "Let's do this."

So far, the ice bucket challenge has raised $31.5 million for ALS, according to the ALS Association's most recent numbers. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, inflicts two in every 100,000 Americans.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that former long-term NFL players are four times more likely die from ALS than other people.

 
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