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ALS hits close to home for Titans

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The Tennessee Titans took the "Ice Bucket Challenge" after practice Wednesday to raise money and awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

The issue hits close to home after a former player was recently diagnosed with ALS.

Former Titans linebacker Tim Saw looks healthy enough to play, but there are small signs that his life has changed drastically after being diagnosed with ALS.

The disease has no cure, but Shaw said he's determined to fight for others.

Shaw was a hard-nosed linebacker in the NFL for seven years, the last three with the Titans.

Today, his speech is a little slurred and his muscles twitch, all early signs of ALS. The signs first appeared while Shaw was still a Titan during the 2012-2013 season.

The disease destroys the nervous system. Victims are eventually trapped in their own bodies, unable to move.

Shaw said he is determined to go down fighting for others.

To learn more about ALS or donate to the cause, click here.

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