July 15, 2013
The Touchdown Club of Houston will honor former Rice football player O.J. Brigance with the 48th annual Touchdowner of the Year award on Wednesday, August 14 during a dinner held at the JW Marriott Hotel in Houston.
The Touchdowner of the Year will highlight an evening that includes the introduction of the Touchdown Club's 2013 preseason All-Greater Houston UIL High School Football Team.
The Touchdowner of the Year award is given annually to an individual for extraordinary contributions and outstanding achievements reflecting honor and sportsmanship to football over a lengthy period of time.
Brigance, joins former Owl Weldon Humble and former Rice head coaches Jess Neely and Ken Hatfield in receiving the honor. He has received countless accolades and honors in his career, including a pair of Super Bowl rings, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Rice and the support from many as he continues his fight against ALS. Through his own efforts with the Brigance Brigade and his support of the research at Robert Packard Center for ALS, he has led the charge to support fellow ALS patients as well as for research on the disease.
Brigance won a Super Bowl ring as a player with Baltimore and then joined the front office after retiring. During their run to the Super Bowl title in February, the Ravens repeatedly referenced Brigance as a source of inspiration. He remains in his role as the Raven's Senior Director of Player Development, and head coach John Harbaugh called Brigance "a shining light in our building."
His impact on the Rice program is evidenced by the fact that Rice player Cameron Nwosu switched his number to Brigance's No. 57 in 2012 and helped lead the Owls to an Armed Forces Bowl championship. He later presented Brigance with the #57 jersey he wore in the win over Air Force in the bowl game
Tickets to the gala are $45 each. Tables are 10 seats. Table prices are $450 (regular table), $500 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship). To pay for tickets, please e-mail email@example.com, or call the Touchdown Club's Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860.
Additional information will be on the TD Club's website at www.touchdownclub.org.