As the Baltimore Ravens made their improbable march to victory in Super
Bowl XLVII, they turned to their senior advisor of player development,
O. J. Brigance, for inspiration each and every Sunday.
stellar twelve-year career as a linebacker, including a Super Bowl win
with Baltimore in 2000, O. J. “Juice” Brigance joined the Ravens’ front
office. But in 2007, Brigance was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis—also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease—and was told he had only three
to five years to live. As a player, he’d battled hundreds of injuries
and setbacks. None of them prepared him to face ALS.
and determination in his heart and his wife, Chanda, praying by his
side, Brigance fought back against the debilitating disease, even as ALS
robbed him of the ability to walk and speak. He kept working, smiling,
and touching his players’ lives all the way through their remarkable
Super Bowl run—more than five years after his diagnosis.
Now Brigance shares his incredible story, offering lessons in resilience and
reflecting on the championship team that inspired him in turn. Along
with his own journey, Brigance recounts the struggles and successes of
Ravens players, including Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, and Torrey Smith, as
well as the strength of head coach John Harbaugh. Having watched their
season from the best seat in the house, Brigance highlights their
perseverance, confidence, leadership, and the best that sports can
bring out in people.
Full of profound revelations and never-before-told anecdotes, Strength of a Champion
is a celebration of the human spirit from a man who left everything on
the field. O.J. Brigance never asked to be a hero. That’s what makes his
story so courageous. Download and start listening now!