Ogden is not only be the first Baltimore Raven to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was also the first ever draft pick by the Ravens, once they moved to Charm City from Cleveland. He was part of the draft that not only produced himself, but also Ray Lewis who was the second draft pick by the Ravens in that first round in 1996.
“It was a new team and we were new to the city,” Ogden said in his speech last night. “We were all rookies together. I watched us grow, myself as a player and the fans as an NFL city from infancy to one of – if not the best – football towns in the National Football League, with undoubtedly the best and most passionate fans that I’ve ever seen, and I want to thank you guys for being that.”
Jonathan is a celebrated Raven and for all the right reasons. He was a class act on and off the football field, while producing at an extremely high level throughout his entire career. The Ravens inducted him into the Ring of Honor in 2008, the next year after he retired.
Ogden was a pro's pro, as he made 11 Pro Bowls and oh by the way, they were 11 consecutive and the only year he did not make the trip to Hawaii was his rookie season. Not only was he always among the AFC's best left tackles, but he was one of the best in the NFL his entire career and was named All Pro nine times in his career. He even took home the offensive lineman of the year award in 2002 and was one of the lineman named to the All Decade team for the 2000's.
He was not one of those great players that was void of a Super Bowl ring as he was one of the key ingredients to the Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV Championship team in 2001. Ogden also led the way for one of the best rushing performances for a season when Jamal Lewis totaled 2,066 rushing yards, falling just 139 yards shy of the all time record held by Eric Dickerson.
Perhaps the most impressive part of Ogden's career is that he spent his entire 12 year career with one team, the Baltimore Ravens. He was a mainstay on the left side for the Ravens from the day he was drafted until the day he retired and will always hold a place in Ravens lore. Baltimore has been looking for a stable left tackle ever since Ogden retired, and his Hall of Fame induction will be celebrated city wide.
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