Brigance Brigade Foundation
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance began his seven-year career in the NFL in 1996.
He helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and is one of the few players to win both a Canadian Football League and National Football League championship in his career. He is the only player to accomplish this in the same city — Baltimore.
After retiring from the NFL, Brigance reconnected with the Baltimore Ravens, taking a job in their front office. He remains the organization’s senior adviser to player development.
In 2007, after experiencing numbness in his arm while playing racquetball, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. After taking time to deal with the devastating news, Brigance and his wife, Chanda, realized just how much emotional, physical and financial support it takes to live with the disease every day. The couple made the decision that they wanted to create a support system for patients and their families suffering from ALS.
O.J. and Chanda Brigance formed the Brigance Brigade Foundation in 2008 in an effort to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS. The Brigance Brigade Foundation improves the lives of these patients and their families by providing equipment, resource guidance and support services they otherwise could not access. The organization also helps to fund various ALS research initiatives.
In April, the Brigance Brigande will hold its second annual 5.7K Championship Run, a fundraiser for those suffering from ALS. The 5.7K walk/run honors the number 57, which was Brigance’s uniform number when he played for the Baltimore Ravens on the 2000 team that won the Super Bowl in 2001.
Brigance also participated in the ice bucket challenge — a fundraising campaign for ALS that went viral in 2014.