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Brigance Brigade Foundation
P.O. Box 437
Finksburg, MD 21048
Phone: (410) 878-2030

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Eve Hemsley
Phone: 443-864-4246
Email: Eve@MaroonPR.com

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O.J. Brigance

O. J. Brigance (born September 29, 1969 in Houston, Texas) was a championship football player. He is one of the few players who have won both a CFL and NFL championship. And he is the only one to accomplish this feat in the same city, Baltimore (Stallions and Ravens).

Brigance played his college football at Rice University where he was a two-time All-Southwest Conference (SWC) linebacker, and still holds the school’s title for career leader in tackles. In addition, he earned his first All SWC honor despite playing most of the year with a broken hand. OJ began his pro career in the CFL with the B.C. Lions in 1991. He played 3 years and 54 games with the Lions, his best season being 1993 when he recorded 20 sacks and was an all-star. He played his next two seasons with the Baltimore Stallions, where he was an All Pro in 1995, recording 7 sacks, and helping win the Grey Cup championship.

The NFL called in 1996, and Brigance began a seven-year career. He played 4 seasons and 60 games with the Miami Dolphins, joining the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He played 16 games for the Ravens, winning a Super Bowl ring. He played 2001 and 2002 with the St. Louis Rams (21 games), and finished with one game with the New England Patriots in 2002. Throughout his NFL career he was, mostly, a special teams player.

Throughout his life, Brigance has focused on helping others. In Miami, as with other teams, Brigance was involved in a number of different community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Daily Food Bank. These selfless acts and passion to support the community in which he lives has not gone unnoticed. Brigance was honored with the NFLPA’s Unsung Hero award in 1999 as well as receiving the Ed Block Courage Award in 2007. Most recently, OJ was presented with the Rice University 2012 Distinguished Alumni award.

After retiring from the NFL, Brigance returned to the Baltimore Ravens in 2004 as the Director of Player Development. Since 2010, Brigance has been the Senior Advisor to Player Development, a role he continues to fill today.

Brigance was diagnosed in 2007 with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a motor neuron disease, and is determined to win his fight against it. In 2008, OJ and his wife, Chanda, created the Brigance Brigade Foundation. The mission of the Brigance Brigade Foundation is to equip, encourage, and empower people living with ALS (PALS) to live life through the provision of much needed equipment, resource guidance and support services as well as funding various ALS research initiatives.

OJ believes he has been blessed to enjoy some extraordinary triumphs and extreme challenges in his life. If you ask him what has been instrumental in determining how he is able to remain humble in triumphs and encouraged during adversities, he would tell you in three words: Faith, Focus and Fortitude.

Chanda Brigance

Chanda Brigance is O.J.’s wife and his partner in the Brigance Brigade Foundation efforts. A native of Houston, Texas, Chanda Brigance graduated from Texas Southern University. For several years Chanda managed special events including organizing initiatives and programs for Baltimore Ravens players, wives, coaches and front office staff. A certified Professional Event Planner, Chanda founded her own events management and design company – Crowning Creations, LLC. Chanda was also a team leader with her church’s Hospitality Ministry.

Most recently, Chanda created the Brigance Brigade Foundation with her husband O.J. and has been focused on helping patients with ALS and their families, while also raising awareness about the disease across the country.

Board of Directors


O.J. Brigance, Chairman
Co-Founder, Brigance Brigade Foundation

Chanda Brigance, Vice Chairman
Co-Founder, Brigance Brigade Foundation

Tammy Edwards, Secretary
Advertising, Marketing & Customer Service Representative at Tim’s Automotive Services

James Gibeaut, Treasurer
Controller, Enterprise RAC Company of Baltimore, LLC


Bonnie Downing
Manager, Community Affairs, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Wanda Draper
Director of Programming/Public Affairs, WBAL – TV 11

Mike Gathagan
Vice President-Communications, Maryland Jockey Club

Lori Smyth
Promotions Director, 98 Rock & WBAL Radio

Gary S. Williams
President, Williams Asset Management

Christian Mester

Partner, Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester, LLC

Todd Jennings
President & CEO, Panthera Technologies

Senator Francis Kelly, Emeritus Member
Former Maryland State Senator & current Chairman of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.

Francis X. Kelly III, Emeritus Member
Chief Executive Officer, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.