O.J. Brigance continues to inspire us all


2008 was a memorable year for the Ravens on so many levels.  From the unexpected run to the AFC Championship game to the encouraging play of rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, the season brought much joy and excitement to the fans of Baltimore.
But beyond any accomplishment on the field, the most impressive achievement was the courage and inspiration of Director of Player Development O.J. Brigance.  The former Baltimore Stallion and Raven continues to influence young players and show us all what it means to be a man.
This past week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines featured Brigance’s remarkable story.  It’s difficult to see how ALS has stricken the Super Bowl and Grey Cup champion’s body, but it has not affected his mind or, more importantly, his soul.  His story is one of perseverance, faith, and purpose.

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Luke Jones is the Ravens and Orioles beat reporter for WNST BaltimorePositive.com and is a PFWA member. His mind is consumed with useless sports knowledge, pro wrestler promos, and movie quotes, but he struggles to remember where he put his phone. Luke's favorite sports memories include being one of the thousands of kids who waited to get Cal Ripken's autograph after Orioles games in the summer of 1995, attending the Super Bowl XXXV victory parade with his father in the pouring rain, and watching the Terps advance to the Final Four at the Carrier Dome in 2002. Follow him on Twitter @BaltimoreLuke or email him at Luke@wnst.net.