With the news that Baltimore Ravens legend Jonathan Ogden is one of four first-time finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, let us have a look at a career that I believe deserves to get Mr. Ogden into Canton right away.
When you talk about cornerstones of franchises, Ogden is exactly the type of player that you imagine, being the very first pick of the Ravens’ franchise and playing for them at the left tackle spot for 10 years after starting his rookie season at guard. Not only was he one of the premier left tackles that the league had throughout his time, but is one of the greatest to have ever played the position.
Going purely off of his awards and accolades, Ogden deserves to be a first ballot Hall of Famer and there shouldn’t be any argument about that. He went to 11 straight pro bowls without much debate, was named an All-Pro nine times in a row and was inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor. On top of all that he earned himself a Super Bowl ring, which is no less than his stellar career deserved.
As a young Ravens fan back in the early 2000s I remember seeing Ogden have some epic battles with Dwight Freeney and some of the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive fronts and I will always remember how easy he made the position look, even at 6’9” he had lightening quick feet and glided into position to protect the quarterbacks blindside with ease.
Unfortunately his career was curtailed somewhat by a nagging case of turf toe that left the friendly giant unable to perform at his best, but despite this, there’s no doubt that Ogden was one of the greatest every left tackles and should be a lock to get into Canton on his first attempt.
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