Ogden to stand tall in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Ogden to stand tall in Pro Football Hall of Fame
February 2, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Jonathan Ogden became the first Baltimore Raven to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

NEW ORLEANS -- “Oggie,” also known as Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden, realized another lifelong dream in addition to winning the Super Bowl in 2001.

Saturday, the 11-time Pro Bowl player was selected among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He is the first Raven in franchise history to receiver the honor.

"I'm stressed out," said Ogden, his black shirt visibly wet from sweating in the green room. "I'm relieved now."

Ogden was the first draft pick for the Ravens in 1996, when they relocated from Cleveland to Baltimore. He was taken fourth overall from UCLA and played 13 seasons.

Ogden stood 6-foot-9 and 340 pounds. He was part of the Super Bowl winning Ravens team that beat the New York Giants 34-7 for the franchise’s only title.

The Ravens are playing for their second Sunday when they face the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in the Superdome on Sunday (CBS, 6:30 p.m. ET).

Ogden’s selection was expected. He is regarded as one of the best left tackles in NFL history. Jamal Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards in 2003 behind Ogden.

He was voted to the 2000 all-decade team and already is in the Ring of Honor at M&T Bank Stadium.

Modell, who passed away before the start of the 2012 season, has been at least a semifinalist or finalist since 2001. He was passed over yet again.

The next Ravens player to be inducted likely will be linebacker Ray Lewis, who is retiring after this season and will be eligible in five years.

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