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Jonathan Phillip Ogden (born July 31, 1974 in Washington, D.C.marker) is a retired American football offensive tackle who formerly played for the Baltimore Ravens.

College

He received his education at St. Albans Schoolmarker, excelling not only in football but also in track and field. An All-American in both sports, he decided on UCLAmarker instead of the University of Floridamarker because UCLA would let him run track and field. A legitimate Olympic level shot-putter, he won the 1996 NCAA indoor track title in the shot put. He had an outstanding career with the UCLA Bruins, starting as left tackle for four years. In 23 games during his junior and senior years, he allowed just two sacks. In 1995, Ogden received the Outland Trophy and the Morris Trophy, was the UPI Lineman of the Year, and was a unanimous 1st-team All-American.

Ogden eventually had his jersey (#79) retired - only the eighth player in Bruins' history to receive that honor.

Odgen was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall Of Fame in 2006.

He was a History major.

Football career

During the 1996 NFL Draft, Ogden was selected by the Ravens in the first round with the fourth overall choice, the first ever draft pick made by the Ravens.

In his twelve-year career, he played in 177 games (through 2007 season) and consistently performed as one of the best offensive linemen in the league, making him one of the greatest of all time. Ogden is a nine-time All-Pro and an eleven-time Pro Bowler at left tackle, earning trips to Hawaiimarker from 1997-2007. He has also caught two passes in his career - both for one yard and both for touchdowns. He has recovered 7 fumbles and recorded 10 tackles in his NFL career. Ogden is a rare blend of both size, power and agility, excelling in both run blocking and pass blocking. Ogden allowed fewer adjusted sacks than any other Left Tackle in the National Football League in 2006.

In 2000, Ogden won a championship ring with the Ravens when they defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. Ogden announced his retirement on June 12, 2008 after a career that spanned 12 seasons, all with Baltimore.

In Sept. 2009, Jonathan was selected to Sporting News' Magazine's Team of the Decade (2000's).

Personal life

  • At 6' 9", Jon was tied with fellow Raven Jared Gaither as the tallest player in the NFL at the end of his playing career.
  • Jonathan established the Jonathan Ogden Foundation to benefit innercity schools and help student-athletes take responsibility for their futures through lessons learned on the playing field, in the classroom, and throughout their local communities.


References

  1. Ogden - "I'm a Raven for life"
  2. WikiAnswers - Who is the tallest NFL player


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