I've spent much of the past four months seated next to the strongest man I've ever met.
O.J. Brigance, the Baltimore Ravens Senior Adviser of Player Development, was diagnosed with ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in the summer of 2007. He was told he likely had two to five years to live. Doctors said there was a chance he wouldn't see his 40th birthday.
O.J. wouldn't have it. With his loving wife Chanda by his side and an incredible faith in God, he refused to waver or let ALS defeat him. Nearly six years later, at the age of 43, O.J. was on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field, covered in confetti on Super Bowl Sunday. Twelve years after winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens as a player in 2000, he was a champion -- yet again.
ALS has robbed Brigance of the use of his hands, his fingers, his legs, and his voice. But it hasn't touched his inner spirit. If anything, it's strengthened him; made him the more complete man. His adversity has made him bolder, braver and even hun...