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What Others Are Saying

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."


Former Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick

"It was one of the highlights of my professional career to be allowed to work with J.O. By any measurement, he has proven to be among the all-time greats at his position, and it will be an honor to see him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Preparing for the pass rush on the left side was never an issue, and it didn't take any meeting time. We'd start game-planning with: 'OK, we'll run behind J.O. and slide our protection to the right side.'"


Ravens President Dick Cass

"When the Ravens came to Baltimore in 1996, we as an organization were extremely fortunate to have the first draft choice in our history be someone of Jonathan's stature and character. Not only did he redefine the position of left tackle in the NFL; he also set the standard for what it means to be a Baltimore Raven. Baltimore will long remember Jonathan because of both his Hall of Fame career on the field and his commitment to our City off the field. Years from now, when Baltimore is talking about its greatest sports legends, Jonathan will be part of that discussion, along with Cal Ripken, Johnny Unitas and Ray Lewis."


Former Teammate LB Ray Lewis

"He is a gentle giant, but a great competitor. His skill set was not matched by any player I've seen in my 17 years. As a teammate, it was one of the greatest pleasures to walk beside him. His size gave you the confidence that we could run the world. His passion was the reason for his dominance. I was drafted with one of the best of all time, and no one deserves this honor more. He's the first drafted Raven, and now he's our first Hall of Famer. We're so happy for him."


Former Ravens Offensive Line Coach Jim Colletto

"With both of us being former UCLA guys, I have a lot of closeness
to Jonathan, and he's one of the better tackles to ever play in the NFL. It was a real joy to be around him. Jonathan was a guy who had exceptional skills for a man his size. He played like a man who was 5-foot-10. He had a tremendous temperament. It was important to him to do well, regardless of all the accolades or how easy the game was for him. He took it very seriously, and his performance meant something to him. You could always count on him every time to play."


Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin

"What great battles we had over the years. Jonathan possessed great size, power and athleticism. He was a tremendous competitor and was equally effective blocking the run and the pass."


Former Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher

"Jonathan is, without a doubt, a Hall of Fame player who is one of the very best left tackles in NFL history. We couldn't beat him with speed rushers, and he would just engulf power rushers. Those long arms, the great feet, the strength – he has it all. I also got to know him at some Pro Bowls. What a class act and a good person. It was such a pleasure to get to know him. He's everything the league wants in a Hall of Fame player, on and off the field."


Iowa Head Coach And Former Ravens Assistant Head Coach/Offense Kirk Ferentz

"From the very first practice I saw Jonathan, you knew you were next to greatness. I'm not sure he made five mistakes his entire first season. That's just outstanding. His combination of talent and skill are the best I've ever seen. More importantly, he used that to become great. He was detailed about his job from the first day, and he gave full attention to the techniques of playing the line. Like great running backs with 'vision,' Jon always saw the whole field, which made him a tremendous help to teammates during a play. You all know what a good person he is, but he's also a great competitor. What a pleasure to see him battle a Michael McCrary in practice. We could have charged money for those confrontations. With his tremendous pride to be the best, and he is, he has earned all the acclaim he has received as one of the best to ever play on the offensive line."


Former Teammate Mike Flynn

"Jonathan is the type of guy that was a student of the game. It was amazing how much knowledge he had about football. He could be an offensive coordinator right now, I'm sure of it. I think as much knowledge as he had and how well he played in his career, he wouldn't accept anything less than the best. Some guys think that even though they can't play as well as they did when they were 24, they can still contribute in other ways. For J.O., he was frustrated if he couldn't play as that 24-year-old. He just demanded perfection, and you saw that every time he stepped on the football field."


Colts Pro Bowl DE Dwight Freeney

"It was always a battle out there with him. I knew I had to bring my 'A' game because he was going to bring his."


Former Teammate Qadry Ismail

"I played with some of the top guys like [12-time Pro Bowler and former Vikings G] Randall McDaniel, and I loved how he made things look easy. When I came to Baltimore, J.O. was in that Randall McDaniel mold, but at the most important position on the offensive line, left tackle. Jon made the position look so easy. That's what impressed me. Guys would go one-on-one, and I'm sitting there shaking my head because no one got by J.O. He just would engulf you, but his athleticism prevented a guy who was a speed rusher on the outside from getting up the field. He would just put his hand on you, and he was strong enough, like, 'Ho hum, you're not getting a sack today.' That was how I looked at J.O. His run blocking skill sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. No more were these skills shown than in that run from 1999-2003, when Jamal Lewis and Priest Holmes really dominated in terms of running the football. A lot of that running game came on J.O.'s side."


Pro Bowl RB And Former Teammate Jamal Lewis

"J.O. is one of the more humble guys I've ever played with. He led by example and was never outworked. I've never seen anybody protect the left side the way he did. He was a great leader both on and off of the field, and I wish him well in his retirement. It was an honor to play with one of the best left tackles in the history of the NFL."


Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis

"Since the day he arrived in Baltimore, Jon was part of the foundation of the Ravens organization. As a football player, his talents are at the very top. He is the type of player who made those around him better, and he was a joy to game-plan around. Conversely, coaching against J.O., you knew your player was going to be in an uphill battle every snap against Jon."


Pro Bowl DE And Former Teammate Michael McCrary

"Jonathan was a very unique offensive lineman. Because of his intelligence, athletic ability and desire, you can put him in a class all by himself. This makes him one of the top offensive linemen in the history of the game. He was one of the best pass protectors I have ever played against which, in turn, made me a better player."


Former Teammate Edwin Mulitalo

"Everyone knows that Jonathan is a great player. I want to say thank you to him. It was a pleasure to work with him throughout my career. Playing next to him helped make me successful during my first eight years in the NFL. I am forever grateful to him. He taught me a lot on and off the field."


Pro Bowl DE Former Teammate Trevor Pryce

"Playing against Jonathan, which I've done on a couple occasions, is like marching into battle by yourself. You stand there looking at J.O., your enemy, and he's a complete army. He's got the size and strength of three guys – all at the same time. Facing him was no fun. The thing I've always been so jealous of is how effortless he made it all. He was so light on his feet, it just seemed like it didn't take much effort for him to play as well as he did."


Ravens Director Of Player Development And Former Teammate Harry Swayne

"When I got here in 1999, I already knew about J.O., just from watching him. J.O. and I were roommates at my first training camp, so we had lots of time to talk, and he's such a smart guy. It was easy to get to know him. He's a great kid. I called him 'Baby Huey' – I know he's a big guy, but I called him that because he has a baby face. I found the buttons to push to get him going, although he really tried hard not to let anybody know what got him going. He's a real competitor. Having developed a pretty good eye for how things could be done better on the field, I talked to J.O. about such things. He's really not a person that you can holler at, but reasoning with him is good. He always wanted to be the best, and he became that."

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