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Letter to My Younger Self

By Tim Shaw, The Players' Tribune, 01/17/19, 12:00PM CST

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Yes, my body is failing. But my mind is not giving up. The way I look at it is, as I lose physical abilities, that strength doesn’t leave me. It just gets transferred

Dear 22-year-old Tim,

I want to tell you some things I think you, a senior linebacker at Penn State, should know — about your future, about life. But it’s going to be a little tricky. See, I’m only 34 years old, but it’s difficult for me to speak. It takes a lot of effort. It’s a struggle. But in its own little way, it’s also a blessing because it makes every word I say — not more important, just … more purposeful. When you only have so many words, you tend to choose them wisely. So I’ve decided to write you this letter because I have so much to tell you.