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Titans Re-Sign Nittany Lion Great Tim Shaw To One-Day Contract

Former Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw was diagnosed with ALS in August 2014, but the franchise he spent the most time playing for in the NFL — Tennessee — offered Shaw a one-day contract Wednesday, allowing him to retire as a Titan.

This is the type of inspiring story that proves football, and sports in general, are about far more than wins and losses. Shaw played for the Nittany Lions from 2002-2006, during which he, Paul Posluszny, and Dan Connor were known as arguably the most ferocious linebacker corps in program history. Shaw is also involved with Team Ream Day at Penn State.

Shaw was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers before bouncing to Jacksonville (2008) and Chicago (2009-2010). Shaw would find a home for the next three seasons (2010-2012) in Tennessee, where he became a beloved member of the franchise. Shaw was named the special teams captain for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Shaw has been instrumental in raising awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, alongside fellow NFL player Steve Gleason, whose critically-acclaimed Sundance documentary Gleason highlights the struggles and triumphs of families battling the disease. Shaw has an open invitation to remain a part of the Titans’ organization for life.



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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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