LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge surges on, one video has proven to be more heartwarming than chilling.

O.J. Brigance is widely known as a former professional football player in the Canadian Football League, but more locally known as a former Ravens linebacker. Now, he is the Director of Player Development for the Ravens and serves as a motivator and inspiration for the team.

What makes this viral video special is that Brigance himself has ALS, diagnosed in 2007. Soon after, Brigance and his wife, Chanda, began the Brigance Brigade Foundation.

In the video O.J. and his wife ask people to donate to donate to the Brigance Brigade Foundation to help them “equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS.

The Brigances challenged NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter, recent Hall of Fame inductee Aeneas Williams, NFL Executive Troy Vincent, Baltimore’s actor Josh Charles and Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, and actor Tyler Perry. They also extended a special challenge to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to “establish an annual ALS Awareness Day during the season to honor the courageous men and women and their families battling ALS every day.”


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