May 16, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Former NFL player O.J. Brigance and former Boston College baseball player Peter Frates joined the Maryland baseball team and Boston College as honorary captains for Thursday night's game between the Terps and Eagles at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
During warm ups, both teams wore Brigance Brigade t-shirts to show their support for Brigance's organization, which strives to improve the quality of life of ALS patients and their families.
In addition, prior to first pitch, Brigance and Frates exchanged lineup cards alongside Terrapin head coach John Szefc and BC head coach Mike Gambino.
"It was great for the team to be involved with an event like this," said head coach John Szefc. "Thousands of people are diagnosed with the disease every year. Through events like these, we are able to raise awareness, which is important.
Brigance, who won a Super Bowl title with the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease, in 2007. Brigance and his wife, Chandra created the Brigance Brigade Foundation to improve the quality of life for individuals and families battling the disease along with providing funding for research initiatives and raising awareness.
Frates, a former Eagles player, was recently diagnosed with ALS. Frates started The Pete Frates #3 Fund to help further treatment options.