After a devastating ALS diagnosis, former NFL player Tim Green cries “tears of joy”and calls himself “fortunate,” echoing Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech.
I just finished watching the incredible story of strength and courage being fought by man named Tim Green. I remember Tim Green from his football playing days in the NFL. He was a force to be reckoned with. Since then he became an accomplished author, lawyer, youth coach and most of all a proud Family man above all. The 60 Minutes special that aired tonight; covering his journey and his battle against ALS really hit home for me. Seeing his son side-by-side with him just made me lose it. Family, and the attitude of everyone in the family pulling together as one with the mantra: Never ever give up! – this is what drives me to keep battling on.
ALS does not get very much national television exposure, in fact it gets very little at all. While it’s a tough subject to talk about or hear about… I’ve come to realize that our battle must be shared and awareness spread throughout the world through any means possible.
I applaud you, Tim Green. I am with you, a fellow warrior trying to live our lives to the fullest, as best as we can. Teaching our families and others battling life-threatening illnesses how to stay strong and believe that someday we will get a break and beat this thing in the future. I cried and laughed with you tonight during your interview, you are very special person– God bless you. -Rich
“Commitment, pursuing things that you want to do,” Kroft told 60 Minutes Overtime’s Ann Silvio in the video above. “That’s the secret, to me, of a successful life. Do things you want to do. And try and enjoy them along the way. And also, the importance of family.”
Tim Green with his son, Troy, during his recent interview with Steve Kroft CBS NEWS
Initially hesitant to speak about his diagnosis, Green has now dedicated himself to raising awareness of and funding for ALS. In an emotional interview with Kroft, Green began to cry. But he told Kroft they were “tears of joy.” “I don’t know anyone more fortunate and blessed than me—even with this,” Green said.
Lou Gehrig himself, who stood at home plate at Yankee Stadium and proclaimed his gratitude in the face of his own ALS diagnosis: “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this Earth … I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
“I think Tim feels the same way,” Kroft said.
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