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By Matt Vensel | November 29, 2011
In case you missed the blog post I published 15 minutes ago , former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden is auctioning himself off for charity. The highest bidder gets to host Ogden at their house for Sunday's game. Ogden regretfully informed me that he will not be bringing George Clooney or Stacy Keibler as his plus-one. “I wish I had George and Stacy to come with us. That would be huge,” said Ogden, who met the Hollywood star and his Baltimore-bred belle at the Ravens-Bengals game . “The bids would really be getting high then.” A photo Ogden took with Clooney -- and Clooney's bionic arm -- became an Internet sensation after the Ravens great was introduced to the Hollywood power couple in a luxury suite at M&T Bank Stadium two weeks ago. “He's kind of a big deal,” said the 6-foot-9 Ogden.
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Mike Preston | March 3, 2014
The Ravens made a smart move by not putting the franchise tag on left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on Monday. That's a designation used on a player who is one of the best at his position. Monroe isn't in that class. Oh, he's good. And in the prime of his career, he deserves a hefty, long-term contract. But if the Ravens had tagged him the franchise player and hadn't gotten a long-term deal by July 15, they would have had to pay him $11.654 million for the coming season. If the Ravens don't reach a deal with Monroe before the new league year begins March 11, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
A numerical look at the career of former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday: 1 - Sack allowed in first season in 1996 when Ogden, playing at left guard, was named to USA Today all-rookie team 2 - Touchdown catches for Ogden on tackle-eligible plays, one as a rookie and another in 2003 4 - Selected fourth overall out of UCLA in 1996, he's the first player...
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2013
Marvin Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 1996 when the franchise set its foundation with the drafting of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and middle linebacker Ray Lewis. Year after year, he watched Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and his staff add to the team's nucleus through the NFL draft, finding impact players early and overlooked talent late, and complimenting the draft class with high upside undrafted free agents. "My experience in Baltimore allowed me to go look at the players and make sure that the guys met the standard I thought was important, which mainly, is to have a high motor and have the ability to bend their knees and make football plays," Lewis said.
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By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2007
When Jonathan Ogden hobbled out of the Ravens' locker room yesterday, it might have been for the last time. The 10-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle said there is a "possibility" he might retire and end his career after 11 seasons. "I'll take a week to try to let my toe get better and I'll see from there," Ogden said as players packed up their lockers yesterday. "I'll take some time away and re-evaluate some things. That's how it's going to be. I'll see what I want to do next year a little later on. " Ogden, 32, is widely considered a future Hall of Fame lineman after being one of the most dominating blockers of his generation.
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November 24, 2006
The credit for the Ravens' turnaround on offense has gone to the clutch play of quarterback Steve McNair, the inspirational play-calling of coach Brian Billick and the power running of Jamal Lewis. Somehow the re-emergence of the biggest Raven has gone relatively unnoticed. Jonathan Ogden , the Ravens' 6-foot-9, 345-pound offensive tackle, has been absent from his usual perch atop the national media's All-Pro teams, a trend that has confused team officials. "I think Jonathan is playing as well as I've seen him play," Billick said.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 1999
Jonathan Ogden , the Ravens' Pro Bowl left offensive tackle, yesterday questioned his team's commitment to winning after allowing three starting offensive linemen to leave via free agency, and he also was uncertain about his future in Baltimore after the remaining two years expire on his contract. Right tackle Orlando Brown signed a six-year, $27.3 million contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday that made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, and center-guard Wally Williams signed a five-year, $18.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints.
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By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2000
Jonathan Ogden is expecting to suit up for his homecoming. Ogden , who grew up in Washington, said he probably will start at left tackle Sunday against the Washington Redskins after a couple of limited practices due to an ankle injury. He sprained his right ankle Oct. 1 in Cleveland and sat out his first game since 1998 last week. "I definitely feel a lot better today than I did yesterday," Ogden said after yesterday's practice. "I'm optimistic right now. " The Ravens need Ogden to protect quarterback Tony Banks' blind side against Redskins veteran pass rusher Bruce Smith.
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By David Steele and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2008
When Brett Favre officially retired that day in March in Green Bay, he drew a big crowd, much as Jonathan Ogden did yesterday in Owings Mills. Just like Favre's announcement, and like Michael Strahan's earlier this week, Ogden's farewell was carried live on national TV (in homes that get the NFL Network, at least). The same kinds of adjectives were showered on all of them - greatest, champion, never another like him. Vivid memories were recalled by those who played with him and who had the pleasure of watching him. The same deep sense of loss was expressed.
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By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2008
An overflow crowd of teammates, coaches and reporters jammed into the Ravens' auditorium yesterday to bid farewell to Jonathan Ogden . But the storied All-Pro offensive tackle wasn't ready to say goodbye completely. In a touching and lighthearted half-hour news conference, Ogden officially retired but made it clear he will remain to help the team, as well as stay committed to the city where he played his 12 seasons. "I'm a Baltimore Raven for life," Ogden said with a smile.
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The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Excerpts from Jonathan Ogden's Hall of Fame acceptance speech Saturday night in Canton, Ohio: Thank you very much. Thank you very much, wow. Whew, batting leadoff, all right. First of all, I want to thank you, Ozzie for that fantastic introduction. I've often thought about that day back in 1996 when you drafted me instead of Lawrence Phillips, I think that worked out well for everybody. I'm very grateful being in Baltimore with you for all these years, particularly Baltimore selector, Scott Garceau, you guys have a difficult job. Every year it seems like the job gets tougher and tougher.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
When he was drafted by the Ravens in 1996, Jonathan Ogden joined an organization without team colors or a logo. As he stood behind the podium Saturday night at Fawcett Stadium and peered out into a crowd loaded with purple jerseys and T-shirts, Ogden couldn't help but appreciate how far he and the organization have come. Seventeen years after Ogden became the franchise's first-ever draft pick, the Ravens have an established fan base, two Super Bowl championships and their first ever Hall of Famer.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Ravens fan Robert Radawiec moved to Cleveland a decade ago, but he had never made the 45-minute drive to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That changed this weekend not only for him, but for so many other Ravens fans who descended on this northeastern Ohio city to welcome in one of their own. Left tackle Jonathan Ogden became the first player the Ravens drafted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. "I've never had a reason to go," said Radawiec, who wore purple camouflaged pants and a Ravens polo shirt.
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Mike Preston | August 3, 2013
As he delivered his induction speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday night, Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was as cool and humble as he was on the field during his 12 seasons in Baltimore. He showed signs of nervousness the day before but on Saturday night he praised and thanked an endless amount of supporters, talked about being the first draft pick in Ravens' history, showed off two Super Bowl rings and drew a huge applause from the large number of Ravens fans in attendance.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
A numerical look at the career of former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday: 1 - Sack allowed in first season in 1996 when Ogden, playing at left guard, was named to USA Today all-rookie team 2 - Touchdown catches for Ogden on tackle-eligible plays, one as a rookie and another in 2003 4 - Selected fourth overall out of UCLA in 1996, he's the first player...
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
A day before his official Hall of Fame induction, Jonathan Ogden had already had the opportunity to meet Earl Campbell , pose for a picture with Joe Greene and Joe Namath and exchange battle stories with fellow offensive linemen Jackie Slater , Art Shell and Russ Grimm . “I'm having a lot of fun,” said Ogden, who will be officially presented with his gold jacket in a ceremony tonight. “It's busy. I'm doing a lot of talking, which I haven't done in a while.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2006
Marques Ogden can remember the last words his dad, Shirrel, spoke to him days before he died. Shirrel Ogden wanted to be out of a Washington hospital and in the stands at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 17, when the Ravens face the Oakland Raiders in their home opener. "I took him his hat, cane and glasses. He told me he wanted to be at that game, and then he threw me out of the room because he said he was tired," said Marques, smiling. Two days later, on July 26, Shirrel Ogden died just eight days past his 57th birthday.
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By Jamison Hensley and Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2008
For 12 seasons, offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden was a cornerstone of the Ravens franchise. As the first player drafted by the team in 1996, he dominated the best defensive linemen of his generation, protecting the blind side of countless quarterbacks with his massive wingspan and opening holes for running backs with bulldozing power. Now, the end has come for the man who was just as likely to have a novel in his hand as his playbook. Knowing a toe injury would hinder his All-Pro playing ability, Ogden told The Sun yesterday that he will officially announce his retirement at a news conference today, a long-awaited decision that ends the career of one of the NFL's greatest offensive linemen.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
Throughout a 12-year career that culminates here this weekend when he officially joins the pantheon of the NFL's best, Jonathan Ogden never minded being left alone. At 6-foot-9 and 345 pounds, he struck an imposing figure at left tackle, operating comfortably without additional help against the league's quickest and strongest pass rushers. He made 11 Pro Bowl teams and won a Super Bowl , but he shied away from the attention and the adulation. Ogden was far more comfortable reading a book in the corner than engaging in locker room horseplay.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Ravens' fans going to Canton, Ohio, this weekend to watch the organization's first ever draft pick, left tackle Jonathan Ogden , get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will get early exposure to the NFL's new stadium entrance policy. The policy, which will be implemented for the first time at Saturday's induction ceremony and Sunday's Hall of Fame game at Fawcett Stadium, limits the size and types of bags that will be allowed into stadiums during the 2013-14 season. Prohibited items include purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags.
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