Two Ravens who earned Super Bowl rings on Baltimore’s 2000 World Championship team, O.J. Brigance and Tony Siragusa, will serve as honorary co-captains at Sunday’s AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh.
The Ravens’ director of player development, O.J. Brigance, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has been an inspiration to the entire Ravens organization this season. Brigance, who played seven years at linebacker in the NFL, including two seasons in Baltimore (2000-01), has earned numerous honors from the NFL for his player development program, including the league’s Best Overall Player Development Program, the Most Outstanding Internship Program and Outstanding Continuing Education Program. The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation recognized Brigance with its Johnny Unitas Tops in Courage Award last March. Brigance, who was awarded the game ball after the Divisional Playoff victory in Tennessee, will be escorted in a wheelchair to mid-field on Sunday.
Tony Siragusa was a key starter at defensive tackle on the record-breaking 2000 defense that did not allow a 100-yard rusher and permitted an NFL-record low 165 points that season. The Baltimore fan favorite Siragusa, now an analyst on FOX, is remembered for his crushing hit on Raiders QB Rich Gannon in the 2000 AFC Championship game in Oakland. In his five-year Ravens career (1997-2001), the University of Pittsburgh product tallied 313 tackles and 5.5 sacks.