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O.J. Brigance joins Steve Gleason on the high road

O.J. Brigance, a former special teams player for the Baltimore Ravens, presents the AFC trophy to his former teammates after they defeated the New England Patriots in the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

Like Steve Gleason, Ravens senior adviser for player development O.J. Brigance is battling ALS.

And like Gleason, Brigance is taking the high road when it comes to the stupid skit which got a trio of Atlanta sports talkers fired.

“The skit was in very poor taste,” Brigance said in a statement supplied to the Baltimore Sun. “I was very pleased the radio hosts realized how inappropriate their comments were and apologized. Hopefully, this situation will serve as a reminder to all of us to think before we speak. Allow our words and actions to build others up, not tear down!

“All things work together for those who love God and are called to his purpose. I am extremely proud of what Steve and Team Gleason have done in the fight against ALS. Even in the face of controversy he brings awareness to our plight.”

It would be easy for Gleason and Brigance to focus on the insult, and that’s the course many others have taken for them.

But using the situation to draw attention to a worthy cause is a greater goal, and their forgiveness is admirable.

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10 Responses to “O.J. Brigance joins Steve Gleason on the high road”
  1. bmoritz2003 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:14 AM

    Very classy of both OJ and Steve. Hopefully we can all learn a little from them.

  2. aintasinner says: Jun 20, 2013 9:22 AM

    Amazing that these two men a

  3. aintasinner says: Jun 20, 2013 9:26 AM

    Amazing that these 2 men are able to extend such tolerance even to those who have not extended it them. Turn a negative into a positive! Now that’s true selflessness!

  4. blacknole08 says: Jun 20, 2013 9:28 AM

    Wow. These men don’t cease to amaze me with their kindness and their capacity to forgive those ignorant of their situation.

    How could someone dare make fun of them? They will die from this disease, but seem to have a positive take on life.

    Huge respect to both of them for handling this situation with class.

  5. raiderufan says: Jun 20, 2013 9:34 AM

    “All things work together for those who love God and are called to his purpose.”

    Starving children in Africa? Bummer for them. Shoulda been born in gods favorite country.

  6. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Jun 20, 2013 9:35 AM

    This disease is terrifying. Watched a family member battle it when I was a teenager and will never forget it. Imagine being wide awake and completely coherent but paralyzed, worst thing imaginable in my mind. Kudos to Mr. Brigance and Mr. Gleason, they’re inspiring, keep fighting guys!

  7. broncostevenp says: Jun 20, 2013 10:11 AM

    Nothing about this disease is funny.

  8. raiderinva says: Jun 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    So they both are taking the high road when OJ Brigance was not even involved?

    So what are they supposed to do? Throw a temper tantrum and stomp there feet and beat the table saying that they are upset?

  9. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Enough said O.J. You are personified class and your story is motivational for all, especially here in bmore.

  10. virg1969 says: Jun 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    O.J. is, and always has been, a class act.

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