Jonathan Ogden was an anchor of the franchise for 12 seasons. A master technician, Ogden combined superior athletic ability, tremendous footwork, outstanding knowledge of the game and a fierce competitive zeal to become the most dominant offensive tackle of his era. Ogden is the standard to which all left tackles today are held.
Ogden, the Ravens’ 1st draft choice ever (4th overall in 1996), ended his career with more regular season starts (176) than any other player in franchise history, and he is 2nd in games played with 177 to K Matt Stover’s 191. He is also tied (Ray Lewis and Stover) in Ravens’ history with 8 postseason games played. The 11-time Pro Bowler ties for the 4th-most Pro Bowl appearances in NFL history. Only 3 offensive lineman (Bruce Matthews - 14, Randall McDaniel -12 and Will Shields -12) have been to Hawaii more.
In 2013, Ogden became the first player drafted by the Ravens to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Do you want to be a part of JO's enshrinement into the NFL Hall of Fame? Join us on Jonathan Ogden's Caravan to Canton, Friday, August 2nd - Monday, August 5th!
Look back at a few of our favorite archived Jonathan Ogden features from various news outlets:
Sports Illustrated 1996: Solid Choice
Washington Post 1996: Ravens Take a Pass on Phillips for Ogden
Mid-Atlantic Sports 1996: A Nice Guy Finishes First
Baltimore Sun 1996: Holding the Line
Washington Post 2000: Baltimore's Big Bird
Baltimore Sun 2002: Among Linemen, Ravens' Ogden In League of his Own
Jonathan Ogden helps students in inner-city schools achieve their full potential through athletics and education. Ogden established the Ogden Club to get high school students involved in community service. The club also hires tutors to work with Baltimore City high school athletes; athletes, in turn, tutor elementary school students. Visit The Jonathan Ogden Foundation for more information.
Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti
"I am so proud that Jonathan is the Ravens' first Hall of Famer. My pride also extends to Ozzie [Newsome], because his first-ever draft pick became our first-ever Hall of Famer."
Former Ravens Owner Art Modell (in 2008)
"Ozzie [Newsome] sure made the right pick as the first drafted player in Ravens history. We could not have made a better choice. Jon is impressive when you first meet him because of his size. Once you know him, you are impressed with the man, his intelligence, his passion for the game and willingness to help. Could the Ravens have a better person to represent the franchise? I don't think so."
Ravens GM And Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome
"Simply put, I've never seen a player better at his position than Jon was at his."