Imagine for a moment that you are in the prime of your athletic life. Late 20’s, in perfect physical condition, wealthy and happy. In over 100 NFL games, you’ve never been injured. Your future looks bright, you’re handsome, strong, and confident. Then one day you notice something a little bit off. Your muscles twitch consistently. You fall without reason. Team doctors can’t help you because they can’t find anything wrong with you. Your symptoms get worse, and you get released. Scared, frustrated and determined to get to the bottom of things, you see a neurologist, who finally finds out what the problem is, and it’s the worst news of all; in fact, it’s a death sentence. It’s ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. Soon, your muscles will stop working, nobody knows how soon, and you will become only a fraction of what you once were. Guaranteed.
Such was, and is, the reality of my guest this week. Former NFL LB and Special Teams Star, Tim Shaw,
joins me to talk about the life-changing diagnosis, what he deals with every day, and his new outlook on life. In one of the most inspirational stories you’ll ever hear, Shaw gives us a peek into his mirror, where he sees a body that was once a powerhouse-now slowly withering away, yet feels his mind and heart growing stronger. His former purpose: stop ball carriers in their tracks. His current and future purpose: Invest in the lives of others and raise awareness of this underfunded and frustrating disease that has no known cure.
He’ll inspire you with his attitude, all the while revealing a side of himself that he didn’t even know was there…