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By MILTON KENT | May 8, 1995
Broadcasting booths and sidelines are littered with former athletes who jump into sportscasting with little understanding, much less feel, for how the profession works or how to make their work stand out from the rest of the field.O.J. Brigance, a rush end/linebacker with the Baltimore CFL club, was determined to learn the business from the ground floor, so he signed on with Stan "The Fan" Charles to do hourly sports updates on Charles' Monday night "Baltimore Sports Exchange" shows on WWLG (1360 AM)
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
The Ravens threw a surprise birthday party for Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance on Friday with coach John Harbaugh and the entire team crowding into the cafeteria to sing "Happy Birthday" and present Brigance with a cake. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil delivered a short message to Brigance, who thanked the team, about how he's inspired by his example. Brigance turns 45 on Monday. A retired former Ravens linebacker, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2007.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | June 6, 1995
O. J. Brigance has gone back to linebacker school, where re-learning old habits has presented him with another challenge.Brigance, who broke into the Canadian Football League as a linebacker for British Columbia in 1991, when he was named to the all-Western Conference team, moved to rush end for the Baltimore Football Club last year, and eventually became the team's top point-getter on defense.Coach Don Matthews wants to use Brigance as his fifth pass rusher from behind the line, while Matthews hopes that a battle between rookies Jock Jones and Grant Carter will give Baltimore a new defensive end, solidifying its five-man rush.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
As a band played during his New Orleans-themed 45th birthday party Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course, Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance smiled as he enjoyed the festivities. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerocis in 2007, the retired former Ravens linebacker is upbeat about the success of the popular Ice Bucket Challenge and the money and awareness it's raising for ALS research. ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 24, 2009
This was at training camp 2008, in the conference room at the Best Western Hotel in Westminster, the place so quiet you could hear hearts beat. O.J. Brigance stood in front of the Ravens with a body ravaged by Lou Gehrig's disease and told them in essence: Don't look at me any differently. Don't feel sorry for me. I'm still here. I'm still one of you. He told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" program that he gave the speech for one simple reason. "They were going to have one of the toughest jobs in the league," he said of the Ravens.
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By Sandra McKee and The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
The Mount de Sales Academy Athletic Department will induct six individuals and a team into its Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, Nov. 10. The Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to recognize the outstanding achievements of past MDSA coaches and athletes with a new class inducted every two years. The 2012 MDSA Hall of Fame Inductees are: Coach Hank Hofmeister, Basketball; Dr. Cynthia Clark '02, Swimming and Softball; Sharon Birkett '86, Basketball; Jenny Held Miller '89, Basketball and Lacrosse; Dr. Linda Justice Teodosio '79, Basketball and Lacrosse; Susan Devlin Switzer '60, Basketball; and the 1985 Lacrosse Team.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | September 25, 1994
It was clearly not the conventional path that brought O. J. Brigance to Baltimore last March as one of the Canadian Football League's premier pass rushers.The unorthodoxy started in high school, where Brigance was a center on the offensive line at Willow Ridge in Missouri City, Texas, outside Houston.It continued at Rice University, which he attended because "nobody else wanted me."And it followed him to Vancouver, British Columbia, where he launched his CFL career in 1991 with the B.C. Lions in three-down country.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 22, 2000
No football player has won a Grey Cup and a Super Bowl representing the same city. Until O.J. Brigance signed with the Ravens, no player ever had a chance. Brigance, a standout linebacker for the 1995 Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions, said his familiarity with the city wasn't the "be-all, end-all" in his decision to join the Ravens as an unrestricted free agent. Likewise, Ravens vice president of player personnel Ozzie Newsome wasn't acting out of sentiment when he signed Brigance to compete for the sixth linebacker position and be a "significant contributor" on special teams.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 4, 1995
Try telling Baltimore Stallion O. J. Brigance how good he is, and you likely will get a smile, a thank-you and a self-deprecating comment.Brigance, one of the Canadian Football League's most productive players, is talent without pretension, confidence tempered by an easygoing charm. Listen to Brigance, and you learn about a player with lots of priorities, which don't necessarily revolve around football.Twice in his five-year CFL career, Brigance has been named to All-Star teams. But the Tom Pate Memorial Man-of-the-Year Award, which the league bestowed upon him last spring for his outstanding sportsmanship and contribution to the Baltimore community, brings him special satisfaction.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 23, 1994
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- O. J. Brigance heard the phrase a year ago, when Sacramento was christened the first United States team in the Canadian Football League."
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research. Brigance, now the team's senior adviser to player development, has lived with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, since 2007. He said in a video posted on the team's website that the challenge has "garnered unprecedented support and awareness for the ALS community.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
Players from Manchester Valley were greeted by a surprise visitor before Saturday's Class 1A state softball final. O.J. Brigance, the Ravens' director of player development, stopped by as a favor to coach Mike Hernandez. He spoke of his battle with ALS - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease - and left the Carroll County team ready for battle. Starting pitcher Madison Grimm took care of the rest. Grimm pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out 12, and drove in a pair of runs in a 9-0 win over Sparrows Point at the University of Maryland.
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SPECIAL TO THE AEGIS | May 12, 2014
Former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, spent the day at the Harford County Airport near Churchville on Saturday, May 3, for a unique tandem skydiving exhibition to raise money for ALS research. Justin Coulter put the event together for the second year. Coulter's father died of ALS a couple years ago, and he dedicates himself to raising money to donate to the Brigance Brigade Foundation for ALS research. Coulter partners with Lance Linton, owner of Skydive Baltimore, which is based at the airport, to put on the fundraiser.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Sherry Stick is a familiar face on the local running circuit, but the 35-year-old Eldersburg resident — the defending champion of the Preakness 5K — had a special reason to take part in a race in Southeast Baltimore on Saturday morning. Stick, a fitness instructor at a nursing care facility, says one of her heroines is a woman she works with who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, but never lets the illness get her down. "Her attitude lifts everyone around her," Stick said of her friend, 82-year-old Gert Simmons, moments after crossing the finish line as women's champion of the first Brigance Brigade Foundation 5.7K family fun race in Canton.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Retired Ravens star middle linebacker Ray Lewis and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake are scheduled to attend Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance's family fun run Saturday morning in Canton. The Brigance Brigade 5.7K event at Canton Waterfront Park features a timed 5.7K run, a 1-mile run-walk and a kids' fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Besides Lewis and Rawlings-Blake, Ravens Pro Bowl offensive guard Marshal Yanda, team president Dick Cass and actor Josh Charles are also confirmed to attend.
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Sports Digest | March 31, 2014
Former Raven O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda Brigance , will host the first Brigance Brigade 5.7K on Saturday in Canton. In honor of Brigance's jersey number, 57, the event will feature a timed 5.7K run as well as a 1-mile run/walk and a Kids' Fun Run. Proceeds will go toward furthering the mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation, which helps empower people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Brigance joined the Ravens in 2000, helped the team win Super Bowl XXXV and now works as the Ravens' senior advisor to player development.
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By Kevin B. Howell and Kevin B. Howell,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2000
Winning in two of the three phases in football - offense, defense and special teams - usually adds up to victory. Last season, the Ravens' defense came through, but the other two components had room for improvement. Off-season additions have bolstered the offense. The third phase, the special teams, should also be stronger, with four veterans anchoring the squad. Bennie Thompson, Billy Davis, O.J. Brigance and Dennis Stallings have reputations as special teams standouts and have a goal of making their unit as dominant as the defense this year.
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Sports Digest | February 3, 2014
Et cetera Cousins open to trade, but not requesting one Quarterback Kirk Cousins hasn't requested a trade from the Washington Redskins but would welcome the opportunity to go elsewhere and start in the NFL if the opportunity arose, a person with knowledge of the situation said. That stance is the same one Cousins has held since the Redskins selected him in the fourth round of the 2012 draft - the same year that they took Robert Griffin III second overall. ESPN reported Sunday morning that Cousins had informed the Redskins that he was open to being traded.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
The sight couldn't have been easy for Ravens fans: Ed Reed wearing a Houston Texans' hat and later holding up a blue No. 20 jersey. For Reed, a Raven for 11 seasons and one of the franchise's best ever players, it wasn't an easy decision either. At a news conference Friday in Houston in which he was introduced as the newest Texan, Reed called leaving the Ravens “probably the hardest thing ever in life.” “It's not so much as leaving, because like I said, I'm going to be part of the community, and I'm going to be part of this community.
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