2008 was a memorable year for the Ravens on so many levels. From the unexpected run to the AFC Championship game to the encouraging play of rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, the season brought much joy and excitement to the fans of Baltimore.
But beyond any accomplishment on the field, the most impressive achievement was the courage and inspiration of Director of Player Development O.J. Brigance. The former Baltimore Stallion and Raven continues to influence young players and show us all what it means to be a man.
This past week, ESPN’s Outside the Lines featured Brigance’s remarkable story. It’s difficult to see how ALS has stricken the Super Bowl and Grey Cup champion’s body, but it has not affected his mind or, more importantly, his soul. His story is one of perseverance, faith, and purpose.