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O.J. Brigance and Tony Siragusa to serve as honorary co-captains at AFC Championship game

 

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.

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Where did Rod Woodson get his ring?

 

Dermontti Dawson and Rod Woodson To Serve As Honorary Co-Captains For Sunday’s AFC Championship Game

 

PITTSBURGH — Former Steeler greats Dermontti Dawson and Rod Woodson will serve as honorary co-captains for this Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between Pittsburgh and the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

 

Dawson, who was recently named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was a center for the Steelers from 1988-2000 after being the team’s second-round draft pick (44th overall) in the 1988 NFL Draft out of Kentucky. He played in 170 consecutive games during a span in his career and was named All-Pro six straight years (1993-98). Dawson was selected to play in seven consecutive Pro Bowls and anchored the offensive line that led the Steelers to five AFC Central Division championships and one AFC Championship.

 

Woodson also was recently named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played 10 seasons with the Steelers. Woodson, the team’s first-round draft pick (10th overall) in the 1987 NFL Draft out of Purdue, played a total of 17 NFL seasons (1987-96 with Pittsburgh, 1997 with San Francisco, 1998-2001 with Baltimore and 2002-03 with Oakland) and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 as a Steeler. He was chosen to play in 11 Pro Bowls in his career and was a member of the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. A six-time first-team All-Pro selection, Woodson is the NFL’s all-time leader in interception return yardage (1,483 yards).

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Have we allowed up a 100 yard rusher this year? I don't think we have... And has Pittsburgh for that matter? How about "the 2000 Ravens only allowed 2.7 yards per carry." or "Allowed less than 1000 rushing yards in 2000." That seems like a better way to put it, because plenty of defenses hold rushers under 100 yards these days, partly because of RB-committees.

 

And yes, I would figure winning a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens would have made that blurb, considering that's the team Pittsburgh is playing in the AFC Championship.....where was that posted, SteelerSpin.com?

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I heard him today on the radio. He had great things to say about the Ravens organization, players and Bichiotti during his stay here.

He said he was torn between the two when it came to this choice.

He also said he'll feel good for whoever wins and bad for whoever loses Sunday.

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Oh my god...

 

Watch the end, and you realize just how bad it's getting to him. That's horrible.

 

That really shocked me as well. I remember hearing interviews with him before this season and it is horrible how quickly the disease is moving. That is such a cruel disease, it is like the devil is playing a brutal joke by crippling everything except your mind. Sometimes I think how God could let such a malicious disease exist, then I see OJ and how he has dealt with his situation, and how much of an inspiration he has been to thousands of people. I come to the conclusion that OJ is truly carrying out the grace of God the best way any human possibly can. There is no way I could ever deal with such a disease like OJ does.

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