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Tennessee Titans take #icebucketchallenge for former team member

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Tennessee Titan players, coaches and many staff members took the ice bucket challenge Wednesday in support of former Titan player Tim Shaw. Tennessee Titan players, coaches and many staff members took the ice bucket challenge Wednesday in support of former Titan player Tim Shaw.
Shaw announced his ALS diagnosis Tuesday and took part in the ice bucket challenge. Shaw announced his ALS diagnosis Tuesday and took part in the ice bucket challenge.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Tennessee Titans players, coaches and many staff members took the ice bucket challenge Wednesday in support of former Titan player Tim Shaw.

Shaw announced recently he was diagnosed with ALS last April.

The ice bucket challenge, which has grown in popularity across social media, has raised more than $31 million for ALS research.

"This is an amazing phenomenon," said Shaw. "It's bringing awareness and bringing that funding, so I don't think we're very far [from finding a cure.]"

After the hottest practice of the season, Titans players held up jerseys with Shaw's former uniform number before counting down to the challenge.

Shaw had challenged the Titans organization in a video he recorded to announce his diagnosis.

"It was shocking," said Titans player and former roommate of Shaw, Patrick Bailey.

"Tim is such a good guy, from the heart. I mean he's just one of the most unique, just genuine guys. And for that to happen to him was tough to hear, but I know the one thing he would know is that God has a purpose for him, and he's going to find what his purpose is now," said Bailey.

Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt didn't coach Shaw and doesn't know much about him, but said Shaw set the bar high for other players to follow.

"I think our former players and the people in this organization are an important part of the fabric of this team and our culture, and whenever something like this happens, it's important that you support that," he said.

After the challenge was finished, each Titans player along with the coach walked up to Shaw and offered a handshake or hug, along with words of encouragement.

"To see those guys I care about, that I've sweat with and fought with, that just means the world. Even setting ALS aside, to have them stand up in an act of representing me is very special and I'm just thankful for it" said Shaw.

Not only did his former teammates pay tribute, but everyone in the locker room agreed that football took a back seat Wednesday.

George Wilson said, "To know somebody, it definitely makes it more meaningful and, like I said, we want to continue to support him and continue to use our platform to support all those who are out there dealing with this epidemic.

Michael Roos told News 2, "It's tough a guy that's been in the trenches, that's been on the field. You've fought with him and seeing someone having to go through that, it's never fun, and obviously I hope the best for him down the line."

"It was a big reality check for everybody you know, everybody have different paths different routes and I think it was good for our team to get together and make that special for him," added Dexter McCluster.

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