Cedric Jones

Long history of hearing 'no' hasn't made Brigance retreat

NEW ORLEANS - The road to Super Bowl XXXVI is littered with unlikely success stories and improbable twists, but it's doubtful anyone here appreciates this stage more than the St. Louis Rams' O.J. Brigance.

His personal journey took him to the far reaches of Canada and through Baltimore. He endured rejection from 28 NFL teams before even one would grant him a tryout.

He earned a Super Bowl ring as a special teams ace with the Ravens a year ago, only to become a victim of the salary cap. He signed this season with St. Louis but was cut in training camp.

Now Brigance, 32, finds himself on top again. Recalled at midseason by the Rams to play both linebacker and special...

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