Jonathan Ogden, who has played with the Baltimore Ravens for his entire career, is set to retire. Ogden, who was drafted out of UCLA as the fourth pick overall in the 1996 NFL Draft, has been a topnotch NFL offensive tackle. His career has been Hall of Fame caliber.

While at UCLA, the 6-foot-9, 345-pound OT received that 1995 Outland Trophy, which is given to college football’s best interior lineman. He was also awarded the Morris Trophy, which is presented to the best offensive and defensive lineman in the PAC-10. Ogden, who was also a championship shot-putter while at UCLA, was an impenetrable wall against on rushing opponents.

In 12 seasons with the Ravens, Ogden was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro nine times. He played on the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV Championship team. Although he possesses a large frame, the offensive tackle is an exceptional athlete, sporting fine quickness, tough power and refined skills. He was adept at leveraging his long arms and strong legs to keep opponents off balance. He proved to be one of the best at protecting quarterbacks and clearing the way for running backs.

It’s been reported by various news sources that Ogden, who will turn 34 in July, has told friends that he will not return for the 2008 season. His retirement, which should be announced on Thursday, June 12, 2008, will leave a large gap in the Ravens offensive line.

Paul mroczka
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