O.J. Brigance, Chanda Brigance take on ALS Ice Bucket challenge

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens senior advisor of player development O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, have officially taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, posting the video above.

Brigance, a linebacker on the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV team who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2007, got an ice bucket dumped on his head by his wife after she dumped a large bucket of ice water on top of herself.

"We have been amazed by the awareness and dollars raised by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," Brigance said in the video. "We would like to thank all of our supporters. Surprisingly, nobody has challenged us until recently and we gladly accept the challenge on behalf of the Brigance Brigade. We will be making a donation to the Brigance Brigade foundation, and we challenge you to do the same."

Brigance proceeded to challenge Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter and Hall of Fame cornerback Aeneas Williams, actor and Baltimore native Josh Charles, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, actor and director Tyler Perry and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

"Gentlemen, you have 24 hours to accept this challenge," Brigance said.

Brigance challenged Goodell to create an annual ALS Day during the NFL season to honor the men and women and families dealing with the degenerative motor neuron disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Brigance also challenged everyone to "Keep the ice buckets dumping, everybody."

Several Ravens personnel have taken the challenge, including wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, kicker Justin Tucker, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome.

Earlier this year Brigance won the George Halas award, presented annually by the Pro Football Writers of America to players, coaches or staffers who have overcome the adversity to succeed.

Brigance won the Ed Block Courage Award foundation's Johnny Unitas Tops in Courage award in 2008. He played in the NFL for seven seasons, including stints with the Miami Dolphins, Ravens and St. Lous Rams, and five years in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions and the Baltimore Stallions. He won a Grey Cup with the Stallions in 1995 and a Super Bowl XXXV ring with the Ravens as a player and as a member of the front office when the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII.

Brigance is the honorary chair of an annual 5K that has been run six times, raising over $1 million during that span. This spring, his Brigance Brigade foundation held a 5.7K in honor of his NFL jersey number, raising $110,000.


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