Former Baltimore linebacker O.J. Brigance continues to inspire the Ravens with his toughness and leadership.
Only now, he's doing it while battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
Brigance was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in 2007. Since that time, the 12-year pro has been a source of motivation within the Ravens organization and a key figure in the quest to find a cure for the devastating disease.
Although confined to a wheelchair and forced to use a communication device that translates his thoughts, Brigance performs capably as senior advisor to player development for the Ravens. HIs job requires him to assist the athletes in all phases of their careers.
Linebacker Ray Lewis, the undisputed team leader, is a frequent visitor to Brigance's office.
''Every day I walk by, not just to tell him how much I love him, but I tell him that he is the one thing that lets me not complain about anything,'' Lewis said. ''I played with that guy. Now to see him in the...