Tim Shaw (American football)

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Tim Shaw
No. 97, 57, 58, 59
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1984-03-27) March 27, 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth: Exeter, England
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school: Livonia (MI) Clarenceville
College: Penn State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 164
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • USA Today’s 18th annual “All-Joe" team
Career NFL statistics
Tackles: 127
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 3
Player stats at NFL.com

Timothy Bruce Shaw (born March 27, 1984) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. He played college football at Penn State and he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Shaw also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.

College career[edit]

Tim Shaw was recruited out of Livonia Clarenceville High School as a running back. A three-star recruit, he decided to attend Penn State, spurning other scholarship offers from Big Ten schools such as Michigan and Michigan State.[1] Shaw saw extensive playing time on special teams and began earning snaps on defense. He became a starter, playing alongside Bednarik Award winning linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor, on what many people consider the best Penn State linebacking corps of all time. Shaw was a 2006 Academic All-American.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

In the 2007 NFL Draft, Shaw was drafted in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Shaw was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 26, 2008, and appeared in three games for the Jaguars that season. He spent the 2009 preseason in Jacksonville's camp before being released on September 5, 2009.[3]

Chicago Bears[edit]

The Chicago Bears signed Shaw on September 14, 2009 after opening-week injuries to linebackers Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa depleted their linebacking corps.[3] He set a club record for special teams tackles with 30 after an 8 tackle performance with a forced fumble and recovery against the Detroit Lions (Jan 3, 2010).[4] On January 27, 2010, the USA Today announced that Shaw had made its All-Joe Team, honoring the NFL's unsung and underrated players.[5]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On September 5, 2010, Shaw was claimed off waivers by the Tennessee Titans. He played in 48 games over three seasons for the Titans and was their special teams captain in 2011 and 2012. He was released during final cuts on August 31, 2013.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Shaw is a Christian. Shaw has said that his faith is "... the foundation of who I am."[7] Shaw has gone on two mission trips to Costa Rica and two mission trips to Haiti.[8]

Shaw is close friends with former tight end Kevin Boss.[9] The two are represented by the same firm, XAM Sports, and were roommates while training in Florida prior to the 2007 NFL Draft.[9] Shaw attended Boss' July 4, 2009, wedding.[9]

Shaw is reportedly a Jigsaw puzzle enthusiast.[9]

On August 19, 2014, Shaw revealed in a video that he has ALS disease. He then dumped a bucket of ice water over himself as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge.[10]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Press Release
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Ed (2009-09-14). "Bears Looking At Shaw". ScoutNFLNetwork.com. 
  4. ^ Biggs, Brad (2010-01-04). "Shaw sets club record for special-teams tackles". chicagobreakingsports.com. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Lomas, Will. "NFL roster cuts: Titans release Rusty Smith, Doyle, Shaw, and Mooney.". musiccitymiracles.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Tim Shaw". 
  8. ^ "Former Titans Football Player Responds to Cut from Team". 
  9. ^ a b c d Thompson, Ed (2010-01-15). "NFL Playoff Picks: Boss vs. Shaw". Scout.com. 
  10. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Tim Shaw reveals ALS diagnosis". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 

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