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Former Ravens Player O.J. Brigance Finds Purpose Off The Field From ALS Diagnosis

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—An athlete. An inspiration. A hero. Former Ravens player O. J. Brigance has been battling Lou Gehrig’s disease for six years. But he’s dedicated to helping others.

Linh Bui has more on the important event he held Sunday.

Fans snapped photos with football star O. J. Brigance at an event raising money for his charity — the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

“How appropriate that our event falls on NFL kickoff weekend. So we have a great charity, great food, and football,” Brigance said.

He was a champion with the Baltimore Stallions and part of the Ravens’ 2001 Super Bowl team.

At 37, Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, which has no cure.

He communicates through a computer on his wheelchair.

With his positive, courageous attitude, he’s still a powerful inspiration.

“I am feeling wonderful. I am in my sixth year since my diagnosis and still find purpose in every day,” Brigance said.

Part of that purpose is his foundation that raises money to fight ALS and helps families affected by the disease.

“We have been blessed in our journey. So we want to bless others, who are walking the same path,” Brigance said.

Sunday’s event was held at Stone’s Cove Kitbar in Owings Mills and is part of the organization’s new Do Good Things Sunday program.

Ten percent of proceeds went to the Brigance Brigade.

“O.J. and I are trying to give back to the community. So the partnership and coming together is exactly what O.J. and I want to do. Especially while bringing awareness to ALS,” said Chanda Brigance, O.J.’s wife.

The leader on the field is now leading the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Brigance is still with the Baltimore Ravens. He’s been the senior advisor to player development since 2010.

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