Over Blue-White weekend, many former Penn State players came back to Happy Valley and toured their old stomping grounds. But none had the same impact as Tim Shaw.
A former Penn State linebacker, Shaw was diagnosed with ALS in 2014. The 33-year-old has been battling the disease ever since, and over the weekend, he was able to share some inspirational words with current Penn State players.
James Franklin posted a short clip from Shaw’s speech on Twitter.
“About three years ago, I was given a diagnosis, and with that diagnosis, I was given a gift. I was given the gift of perspective,” said Shaw, who graduated from Penn State in 2007 before playing six seasons in the NFL. “Today I want to share a little bit of that perspective with you. The game of football is best played when it’s respected that today could be our last day playing. The game of football is meant to be played 100 percent committed. That’s what I decided to do with my life. The game is meant to be played with heart, and that’s the way life is meant to be lived.
The last thing you want is to have a regret about not giving everything you have. I’m proud to be a Penn Stater, I’m proud of what you’re all doing. I urge you every single day, to give 100 percent.”
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 24, 2017
Shaw’s speech resonated with Franklin.
“It may be one of the greatest, most powerful speeches I’ve ever heard. As a father, my daughters will see this – we videotaped it – and as a coach it’s the message you want your team to hear,” Franklin told reporters after Penn State’s spring scrimmage. “Really, his message was about that the disease that he’s fighting (ALS) was a gift that he’s been given – that he’s been given a gift of perspective and the perspective is that you live life the way you’re supposed to play the game of football – as if every play could be your last and you should live that way. It was an unbelievable message to our team.”