The story unfortunately touches us all in one way or another. O. J. Brigance was a standout player in the CFL and NFL for over 10 years. He played in British Columbia, Baltimore, Miami, St. Louis and Boston. He is one of very few players to have one a championship both the CFL and NFL with the Ravens. Then, in 2007, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). How could another vibrant athlete be stricken by such a debilitating disease?
Not content to sit on the sidelines, O.J. and his family founded the Brigance Brigage Foundation (www.brigancebrigade.org) to raise awareness and gain needed attention for research on this terrible disease. This October, a local Baltimore triathlete, Todd Jennings, will be competing in the Ironman World Championship in Kona to raise money for the foundation.
We recently spoke with Todd to learn more about his motivation for triathlon and his efforts to raise money for the foundation. Watch the video below for the full interview. To contribute money to support his race go to www.gofundme.com/ironman4als.