Over the offseason, thousands of fans voted in our "Team For the Ages" contest to construct the best imaginable 50-man roster from the NFL’s modern era, which began in 1967. The votes have been counted, and we’re unveiling one player each weekday between now and the kickoff of the 2018 NFL season.
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Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden
In 12 NFL seasons, Ogden was named to 11 Pro Bowls, six All-Pro teams, was named 2002 NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year and was a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team at left tackle.
They said it
"This guy was a unique talent. And I know what that word means — it means there’s one of him. … I am convinced he could have been a brain surgeon. He could have been a concert pianist. I think he could have been an All Star in the NBA. Whatever he decided he wanted to do, he could have done."
— Kirk Ferentz, Ogden’s first NFL offensive line coach, to Yahoo Sports in 2016
In 177 regular-season games, Ogden was called for 13 false starts and 13 holding penalties. (By comparison, Seattle’s Germain Ifedi was called for nine false starts and eight holding calls in 2017 alone.)
Ogden also caught two 1-yard TD passes in his NFL career — once as a rookie in 1996 and again in 2003, a span of 103 games.
Did you know?
In his final college football season at UCLA in 1995, Ogden received the Outland Trophy and the Morris Trophy, was named UPI Lineman of the Year and was a unanimous first-team All-America choice. In the spring, prior to the NFL draft, Ogden set his personal best in the shot put (19.42 meters) in winning the event at the 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Ogden earned a reputation as one of the finest pass blockers ever, but one of his signature games came in the 2003 home opener when the Ravens completed only seven passes. That was the day Jamal Lewis broke the NFL’s single-game rushing record with 295 yards.
Ogden paved the way on almost every one of Lewis’ 30 carries. The Ravens had just installed a new turf surface, and Ogden pinballed Browns defenders all over it as Lewis had TD runs of 82 and 63 yards. Ogden played a penalty-free game, tackled Browns DB Earl Little after an interception and fell on Kyle Boller’s fumble after a sack.
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