January 29, 2013
O.J. Brigance true spiritual leader of Baltimore Ravens
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

While Ray Lewis may be the Ravens' leader on the field, but from the team's perspective, O.J. Brigance fills that role. (JIM YOUNG/Reuters)

NEW ORLEANS - Every day, when he can, Ray Lewis walks by the office of O.J. Brigance, sometimes popping his head in. He almost always has something to say and, more importantly, something to listen to.

It has been that way since Lewis and Brigance played together in their Super Bowl win of 2000, and it has been that way since Brigance joined the front office of the Baltimore Ravens in 2004 and has quietly become the spiritual leader, spiritual adviser and maybe the most beloved figure on a team one win away from once again winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The leader most see from the outside looking in is Lewis. But from the inside, he and almost all of his teammates look at it differently.



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