Author and Former PSU Linebacker to Return for Blue-White
As Blue-White weekend approaches, so too does the promise of another great season for the Nittany Lion football squad. Coming off a year that saw them win the Big Ten Championship while fighting tremendous odds and injury, beating then #2 Ohio State in a whiteout game for the ages, and appearing in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the team looks to finish what they started last year, and bring home some more hardware to Happy Valley.
Those making the pilgrimage to State College on April 22 will have a chance to meet a former Lion great and standout linebacker in Tim Shaw, who played for Coach Joe Paterno from 2002-2006. Shaw will be at the Family Clothesline downtown,12-1:30 p.m., signing autographs and promoting his book Blitz Your Life, which tells his personal story on and off the field. The book highlights his football achievements, along with his diagnosis in 2014 with ALS.
“I played running back during freshmen year along with linebacker and then defensive end my senior season,” said Shaw. “My favorite memory of playing football at Penn State is definitely winning the Big Ten Championship in 2005. It was fun to go from the bottom of the league in 2004 to winning the championship. I’ll never forget the excitement on campus that year. It’s always an area of great pride when I think about being a Letterman. The sense of Brotherhood and accomplishment holds me to a high standard. The lessons I learned while playing football at Penn State impact the way I live all the time.”
For Shaw, Blitz Your Life, started as an idea of wanting to put his life philosophy on paper and it grew into the thought that the philosophy could impact people.
“Everyone will face adversity throughout their lives,” said Shaw. “To me, the most important thing is to constantly remind yourself that God will give you everything you need to keep fighting. If you believe that, then all you have to do is choose to fight every single day.”
“It took me two years to write [and] was a tough, but interesting process,” said Shaw. “The reception of the book has been nothing but positive. My proudest moments are when I hear that people are doing something or changing something because of something they read in the book.”
“I’m excited to be visiting Penn State," added the former PSU linebacker. “It’s always good to come back to such a special place. I love going up by the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium and just taking in the scenery from there, and I always make sure to stop by the Deli.”
Shaw went on to add that he is very excited about this year’s football team. He says a National Championship is the next step for Penn State Football.
“I love the way Coach Pry has the defense attacking, especially the linebackers,” he said.
And of course, no interview with a PSU great would be complete without asking what Shaw’s favorite flavor at the Berkey Creamery was. To no surprise, he chose “Cookies N’ Cream.”