Open Thread: Jonathan Ogden Enters the Hall of Fame

Jonathan Ogden, set for Hall of Fame induction Saturday night, gets his gold jacket from Ozzie Newsome a day before. - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Converse in Saturday night's open thread as former Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

At 7 p.m. tonight, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will induct its newest members as the Class of 2013.

Among the new members is Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore's longtime left tackle from 1996 until 2008. Ogden was a staple at left tackle, after playing his rookie season at left guard.

Ogden will go down in NFL history as one of the game's greatest left tackle. But unlike the skill positions, there aren't many statistics to quantify his accomplishments.

"To steal a quote: ‘You never leave home without him,’" Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said earlier this week. "When we had Jonathan, we didn’t care who we were playing. We played against some of the best pass-rushers -- guys that have gone into the Hall of Fame. But when we had Jonathan, we didn’t worry about those guys. That’s how important … We didn’t have to worry about keeping backs in, chipping, tight ends staying in to chip or help. We had Jonathan. And when you have someone like that, it just expands your offense and your ability to do things."

Ogden had many great days as a Raven. On Sept. 14, 2003, Ogden helped block for running back Jamal Lewis as he ran for 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns. He helped pave the way for Lewis' 2,066 yards that year.

As the first pick in Ravens' franchise history, Ogden was named to 11 Pro Bowls and helped win the Ravens a Super Bowl XXXV title.

With Ogden entering the Hall of Fame Saturday night, feel free to comment during and after the speech to remember his legacy as one of the greatest Ravens to ever suit up. The Hall of Fame ceremony will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EST.

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