In the past season, OJ Brigance has been a behind-the-scenes force for the Baltimore Ravens, helping find and assemble talent as the team’s director of player development. But the former NFL linebacker took center stage as the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers to win the Super Bowl.
OJ Brigance was seen as one of the toughest players on the Baltimore Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in 2000, but, when the Ravens again took the title on Sunday, the former linebacker watched from the confines of his wheelchair.
OJ Brigance was a force in the 2000 season for the Baltimore Ravens; he made the first tackle in the Super Bowl against the NY Giants. But in 2007, at the age 37 he was diagnosed with ALS. Still O.J., with his wife and his team, communicates in a very profound way.