The Tennessee Titans have signed linebacker Tim Shaw to a one-day contract as he continues his fight with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
Shaw was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 after six seasons in the NFL, three of which he spent with the Titans. He also served as the team’s captain for two seasons. Shaw will be on the team’s roster for one day before being added to Tennessee’s reserve/retired list.
“It means the world to have this organization behind me,” Shaw said. “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.”
“He’s going to be a Titan for life,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said.
Shaw was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. He went on to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears before joining the Titans.
Over the course of his career, Shaw recorded 127 combined tackles and five forced fumbles.