Tim Shaw’s ALS Fight Hits Close to Home for Titans LB Wesley Woodyard
August 15, 2016 - als
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard never common a locker room with Tim Shaw. But he’s informed with his journey, and a strength a former Titans linebacker has shown while battling ALS.
“I know what kind of man he is,’’ Woodyard pronounced of Shaw. “And we know he left a good certain vibe in a locker room with a guys that did know him. we have a lot of honour for him. And we know what he’s going through, since it hits tighten to home.”
Woodyard, set to start his third deteriorate with a Titans and ninth year in a NFL, had a possibility to pronounce to Shaw final week when a group sealed him to a agreement before fixation him on a Reserve/Retired list, creation him a “Titan for Life.”
Woodyard listened Shaw’s romantic debate to a group a few days earlier. He also witnessed his struggles to walk, and pronounce clearly. Shaw pronounced himself his condition has run-down to a indicate he has a tough time doing daily tasks like brushing his teeth and restraining his possess shoes.
As a teenager, Woodyard saw his dear aunt, Caroline Drake, understanding with a same issues after being diagnosed with ALS heading adult to her death. It’s a unpleasant memory. Woodyard pronounced his wife’s aunt also had ALS, mostly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
“I remember a initial day we went to see (my aunt) and we didn’t know what it was,’’ Woodyard recalled. “She got genuine ill to where she couldn’t move. Just examination it impact her physique and saying her digress. She was a heart and essence of a family.
“She lived with it for 10 years before she died and that’s substantially a longest someone has lived with a disease. She was still giving a small smile, though she solemnly mislaid her transformation and she couldn’t talk. My cousins grown a house that authorised her to promulgate with her eyes. But it was tough to see it impact her like it did.”
Woodyard wears No.59 with a Titans. It’s a same series Shaw wore while personification from 2010-2012 with a team. Woodyard pronounced he deliberate changing his series with a Titans final year, afterwards he suspicion of Shaw.
“Because of Tim, that’s one of a reasons since we didn’t change my series since he wore No.59,’’ Woodyard said. “I suspicion about changing it, though once Tim came around we thought, ‘There’s a reason since I’m in (No. 59).’ we kind of wanted to respect him any approach we can since ALS hits unequivocally tighten to home.
“I will really be personification in suggestion for Tim. His name will live on by that 59. That’s one thing about a diversion of football, and Tim even pronounced it to us—the names on a behind of a jerseys change, though a numbers stay a same. I’ll be adult lifting him adult in suggestion via my play this year.”
According to a ALS Association, a on-going lapse of a engine neurons in ALS eventually leads to death. Patients in a latter stages of a illness might turn totally paralyzed.
Woodyard, a two-time captain with a Titans who finished second on a group with 110 tackles final season, pronounced he wants to do his partial to assistance move recognition to a crippling disease.
On Friday, Clay Tweel’s documentary Gleason hits theaters in Nashville. It charts a tour of former New Orleans Saints reserve Steve Gleason as he copes with ALS.
“It was harmful to my family to find out when my aunt had it,’’ Woodyard said. “They didn’t know anything about a disease, and they had no heal for it. And still there’s not a heal for it today.
“But a recognition has authorised a routine to continue to progress, and that’s all we can ask for. Anything we can do to assistance out a ALS village we am all aboard for it.”