Brigance Celebrates 40th With Charity Fundraiser

OJ Brigance 275The Brigance Brigade Foundation is hosting a special 40th birthday party for its founder, O.J. Brigance, tonight. The event, which doubles as a charity fundraiser for the foundation, is dubbed “Two Rings for O.J.” Brigance is the only player to win an NFL Super Bowl (in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens) and a CFL Grey Cup (in 1995 with the Baltimore Stallions) championships in the same city.

In 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a motor neurone disease and is determined to win his fight against the disease. He started the Brigance Brigade to raise awareness towards finding a cure against this debilitating illness better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Brigance, now the Ravens’ director of player development, was recently profiled by the Baltimore Sun’s Kevin Cowherd. Cowherd noted Brigance is “still inspiring the team with his quiet courage in the face of a horrible disease,” and Ravens players “still draw strength from him.”

“We talk about the spirit of our football team,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh told Cowherd. “And O.J. is at the core of that spirit right now.”

Cowherd writes a great piece, but one part that stands out is a coversation with former Ravens P Josh Miller, a teammate of Brigance’s on the CFL Stallions.

Miller recalled seeing Brigance at a Ravens game a couple of years ago.

“I made the mistake of saying ‘I’m sorry,'” Miller recalled. “And he said ‘Josh, if this hadn’t happened to me, I wouldn’t have impacted as many people as I have.'”

Click here to read Cowherd’s entire article (Baltimore Sun, 9/24).