Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/16/13
When Jonathan Ogden walked across the stage and shook Paul Tagliabue’s hand for the first time after being drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, a strange thought ran through my mind.This kid is going to get bigger.It’s hard to say that about an offensive tackle, but he looked lean, thin almost for his size and that was even commented by analysts of ESPN.Jonathan Ogden did get bigger and he did get better. His accolades speak for themselves.11× Pro Bowl (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)10× All-Pro (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004, 2006)Super Bowl champion (XXXV)NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year (2002)Unanimous All-American (1995)Outland Trophy (1995)UPI Lineman of the Year (1995)Jim Parker Award (1995)Morris Trophy (1995)UCLA Bruins No. 79 retiredNFL 2000s All-Decade TeamBaltimore Ravens Ring of HonorThe many awards are testament to his success and his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month proves how great he really was. In an era where everyone from 1995-2002 was compared to the great Tony Boselli of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Ogden is one of the few players who lived up to that hype and then exceeded it.The fact he was a first ballot selection also proves he truly is one of the greats of all time."It's like going to the hospital with your wife to have a baby," he said in a story in Newsday. "You can't do anything about it. You hear everybody say you're a first-ballot for sure, but you never really know. A lot of good, well-deserving guys didn't get in on the first ballot."Ogden with be honored in Canton, Ohio with Larry Allen, Cris Carter and Warren Sapp; veterans selections Curley Culp and Dave Robinson; and coach Bill Parcells. Ogden, Allen and Sapp are all first-ballot Hall of Famers.Ogden was on Baltimore’s first ever Super Bowl team in 2000. His being selected to Canton came the day before the Ravens won Super Bowl over the San Francisco 49ers.The Ravens drafted Ogden No. 4 overall in the 1996 draft out of UCLA. With the addition of linebacker Ray Lewis 22 picks later, they pulled off one of the great first rounds in NFL Draft history and laid the foundation for their success in Baltimore. Lewis hung up his cleats after last season and like Ogden, is almost assured of being a first-ballot selection when his time comes up for consideration.Through his career, Ogden blocked for running backs Jamal Lewis and Willis McGahee, who were instrumental in the team’s playoff and regular season success.The success of Ogden and the success of the team seemed to go hand in hand, so much so, current team owner Steve Bisciotti shared in the franchises pride of Ogden’s honor.“I am so proud that Jonathan is the Ravens’ first Hall of Famer,” said owner Steve Bisciotti in a statement. “My pride also extends to Ozzie (team general manager Ozzie Newsome), because his first-ever draft pick became our first-ever Hall of Famer.”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Westbrook posterizes DeMarcus Cousins to seal win

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker