Despite the loss of human articulation to the ravages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, former B.C. Lion O.J. Brigance won’t be silenced.
He remains a powerful speaker and advocate for research into the disease that has robbed the former Lion, Baltimore Stallion and Baltimore Raven of both speech and body movement.
You may have seen him, the Ravens’ director of player development in a wheelchair on the NFL broadcast last Sunday, when Brigance presented the Lamar Hunt Trophy to his team, following the Ravens’ 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.
Brigance is able to converse through a high-tech device called a DynaVox, which allows his thoughts to be heard by focusing on a computer screen and blinking to form words and sentences. The response time takes a while, but the wait is worth it.
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