Tim Shaw
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-27) March 27, 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth: Exeter, England
Career information
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2007)
Career highlights and awards
Tackles     127
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     3
Stats at NFL.com

Timothy Bruce Shaw (born March 27, 1984) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He played college football at Penn State and he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Shaw also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.

College career

Tim Shaw was recruited out of Livonia Clarenceville High School as a running back. A three-star recruit, he decided to attend Penn State, spurning other scholarship offers from Big Ten schools such as Michigan and Michigan State.[1] Shaw saw extensive playing time on special teams and began earning snaps on defense. He became a starter, playing alongside Bednarik Award winning linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor, on what many people consider the best Penn State linebacking corps of all time. Shaw was a 2006 Academic All-American.[2]

Professional career

Carolina Panthers

In the 2007 NFL Draft, Shaw was drafted in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Shaw was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 26, 2008, and appeared in three games for the Jaguars that season. He spent the 2009 preseason in Jacksonville's camp before being released on September 5, 2009.[3]

Chicago Bears

The Chicago Bears signed Shaw on September 14, 2009 after opening-week injuries to linebackers Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa depleted their linebacking corps.[3] He set a club record for special teams tackles with 30 after an 8 tackle performance with a forced fumble and recovery against the Detroit Lions (Jan 3, 2010).[4] On January 27, 2010, the USA Today announced that Shaw had made its All-Joe Team, honoring the NFL's unsung and underrated players.[5]

Tennessee Titans

On September 5, 2010, Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans. He played in 48 games over three seasons for the Titans and was their special teams captain in 2011 and 2012. He was released during final cuts on August 31, 2013.[6]

Personal life

Shaw is a Christian. He has said that his faith is "... the foundation of who I am."[7] Shaw has gone on two mission trips to Costa Rica and two mission trips to Haiti.[8]

Shaw is close friends with former tight end Kevin Boss.[9] The two are represented by the same firm, XAM Sports, and were roommates while training in Florida prior to the 2007 NFL Draft.[9] He attended Boss' July 4, 2009, wedding.[9]

Shaw is reportedly a Jigsaw puzzle enthusiast.[9]


On August 19, 2014, Shaw revealed in a video that he has ALS. He then dumped a bucket of ice water over himself as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.[10] Shaw has since been heavily involved in efforts to advance ALS research through better funding, and raise awareness about ALS using different platforms. He is considered to be a champion of the cause, and has impacted ALS communities throughout the country.

On October 14, 2014, Shaw's college friend Paul Omekanda, who played soccer at Penn State University, founded the Best Man Tim non-profit organization [11] [12] to rally the Penn State community in honor of Shaw. Together, Shaw and Omekanda generated new levels of awareness and participation in the funding of ALS research by engaging the Penn State community in innovative fashion. The pair collaborated with Shaw making several television appearances [13] [14] while Omekanda ran the organization in the Penn State community. [15] The organization was a first of its kind at Penn State University, having officially partnered with Penn State Athletics [16] with a focus on raising new levels of awareness about ALS in the Penn State community. [17]

In 2014, Shaw saw an increase in support from the Penn State community. Omekanda enlisted his mentor Dr. Clarence B. Jones, a close personal friend and attorney of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., [18] who became the organization's first Board Member. He then led Best Man Tim into partnership with Penn State Athletics (having received unwavering support from Penn State's Athletic Director Sandy Barbour), [19] [20] the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, [21] the Penn State Football Lettermen's Club, chapters of the Penn State Alumni Association, and chapters of the ALS Association. [22] Kendra Chantelle of American Idol (Season 10) wrote and performed a theme song for Best Man Tim. [23] [24] The number of Penn State community members rallying behind the organization to support Shaw continued to grow in size. New Best Man Tim apparel was made available that contained Penn State's official logo. Meanwhile, Shaw continued to use as many platforms as possible to raise awareness about ALS.

On March 19, 2015, Shaw addressed the Tennessee General Assembly, making a pitch that would declare the month of May as ALS Awareness Month in Tennessee. [25] On April 18, 2015, Best Man Tim held a fundraising event during Penn State's Blue White weekend that included an Ice Bucket Challenge. [26] [27] Shaw attended the dedicated event where he signed autographs, posed for photographs, and enjoyed the support of hundreds of community members. A large amount of Penn State legends and lettermen supported the event, including the Paterno Family. [28] [29] Jay Paterno, namesake of his legendary father Joe Paterno, participated in Best Man Tim's Blue White weekend event. [30] [31]

On August 27, 2017, Shaw's high school renamed its football stadium after him. At halftime of a football game, the Clarenceville High School introduced the David B. McDowell Field at Shaw Stadium in honor of Shaw [32]. That same year, Shaw's book titled "Blitz Your Life: Stories From An NFL And ALS Warrior" was released. [33] Shaw has continued to help fundraise for ALS research, inspire others who are battling ALS, and make himself available wherever he can be helpful to others. [34] In 2017, Shaw was invited to speak to the current Penn State football team he spoke about his challenges after his diagnosis and spoke about his time playing football at Penn State and his experience in the NFL. His speech resonated with head coach James Franklin who posted his speech on his Twitter account which gained national attention. On November 18, 2017 Shaw was the honorary captain for Penn State's game vs the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Shaw was honored with a video tribute and standing ovation by fans along with both teams.

In 2019, Shaw participated in a Player's Tribune article about his journey with ALS [35] where he encouraged his younger self and others to "live your best life today and enjoy every little blessing."


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  4. Biggs, Brad (2010-01-04). "Shaw sets club record for special-teams tackles". chicagobreakingsports.com. http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/01/shaw-sets-club-record-for-special-teams-tackles.html.
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  7. Tim Shaw [@TShawsTruth] (31 March 2013). "Christ is risen!!! What else is there to say? This is the foundation of who I am.". https://twitter.com/TShawsTruth/status/318345021227163650.
  8. "Former Titans Football Player Responds to Cut from Team". Archived from the original on 2014-08-21. https://web.archive.org/web/20140821054758/http://athletesinaction.org/news/former-titans-football-player-responds-to-cut-from-team.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Thompson, Ed (2010-01-15). "NFL Playoff Picks: Boss vs. Shaw". Scout.com. http://profootball.scout.com/2/938004.html.
  10. Kuharsky, Paul. "Tim Shaw reveals ALS diagnosis". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11378896/tim-shaw-former-tennessee-titans-special-teamer-reveals-als-diagnosis. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
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