Brigance still smiling through adversity

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- It was great to see Baltimore Ravens director of player development O.J. Brigance in the LP Field press box for Saturday afternoon's playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

Brigance is fighting Lou Gehrig's disease. His condition has deteriorated since I wrote a story on him in March for the Palm Beach Post. He can't lift his hands. His speech is soft and labored. But his smile is as big as ever.

Brigance was a Miami Dolphins captain and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2000. His arrival created a stir in the press box from well-wishers. Flashbulbs were popping because he will be the subject of upcoming features on ESPN and in the Baltimore Sun.

The feature I wrote on Brigance is no longer on the Palm Beach Post site, but it was picked up a few other places if you'd care to read an inspirational tale about a special man.