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Tim Shaw's ALS diagnosis raises fears of connection to playing football

10607969 780012325352341 1232054132 nTim Shaw, a special-teams ace and linebacker who played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans, announced on Tuesday that he is the latest former player to be stricken by the horrible disease.

"Hi, I am Tim Shaw. A year ago I was playing NFL football. I recently have been diagnosed with ALS," Shaw said in his message to fans on the Titans' official website.

Shaw was not a household name in the league, but he was widely respected as one of the league's finest special-teams players. He last played in the NFL last preseason with the Titans before becoming one of the team's final cuts.

Per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) — otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease — is a "progressive disease that attacks the nerve cells that control voluntary movement." In essence, your brain functions normally while your body progressively ceases to operate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:15

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Watch Nick Saban, Alabama football team take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

-c3702a5fb3299b19TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Just about everyone in the world's done it by now. Now you can add Nick Saban to list of participants in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Alabama football coach took the frosty plunge after Tuesday's practice in Tuscaloosa.

Saban said it was especially important cause to Alabama football because alum Kevin Turner is fighting ALS.

"I'm sure most of you have seen the ESPN deal and I'm really excited that so many people have taken such an interest in this and it's raised quite a bit of money and awareness."

"We had them throw it off the porch so nobody could get hit in the head," Saban said.

Saban nominated U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (a friend from West Virginia), Mark Ingram, Paul Finebaum and Will Muschamp.

"I think it was awesome," safety Jarrick Williams said. "Especially, any time you can dump water on coach Saban."

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 20:45

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When Settlement Buys Time

SETTLEMENT1-master675New York Times - Former N.F.L. Players Make Difficult Choice in Opposing Concussion Settlement

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Kevin Turner and Sean Morey played a combined 17 years in the N.F.L. They were never teammates, but they became friends in 2010 when they worked with the Mackey-White Traumatic Brain Injury Committee for disabled retirees. They consulted with doctors studying the effects of concussions on football players. Morey raised money for Turner’s foundation after Turner received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or A.L.S., four years ago.

So in January, before Morey joined six other former N.F.L. players to file an objection to the proposed settlement in a lawsuit that includes a promise by the league to compensate retirees with severe neurological problems, he called Turner to explain why he was taking a step that might delay much-needed money for Turner.

“My heart bleeds for Kevin,” said Morey, who said the settlement was flawed primarily because it covered too few conditions. “We both want what’s fair, adequate and reasonable, but unfortunately his condition is much more urgent.”

Turner, 45, and Morey, 38, represent opposite views on whether players should accept the settlement; opt out and retain their right to sue the N.F.L.; or object and perhaps appeal to a higher court.

The debate is real now that 20,000 retired players and their beneficiaries are being sent an outline of the settlement, which is full of legal and medical jargon, descriptions of an assessment program and tables showing who is eligible for an award.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 18:35

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