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Former Ravens LT Jonathan Ogden To Enter College Football Hall Of Fame

Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden (photo credits: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE)
Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden (photo credits: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE)

Former Baltimore Ravens left tackle Jonathan Ogden will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Ogden joins 14 All-American players and three coaches, who will not be officially enshrined until next summer despite the recent announcement.

Odgen, or JO as he is affectionately known around Baltimore, was the very first player drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the team's first season after moving from Cleveland after the 1995 season. Here's what the press release said about JO:

University of California - Los Angeles
Offensive Tackle, 1992-95

A unanimous All-American and the winner of the Outland Trophy in 1995, Jonathan Ogden was a cornerstone left tackle all four years he spent as a Bruin. He becomes the 11th UCLA player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Ogden won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-10's top offensive lineman, the UPI Lineman of the Year award and shared the Henry "Red" Sanders Award as the Bruins' most valuable player as a senior in 1995. The four-year starter allowed just one sack as a senior.

(Read more on Ogden's College Football Hall of Fame announcement after the 'Jump')

Ogden experienced success early during his years in Westwood, earning the John Boncheff, Jr. Memorial Award as UCLA's top freshman and a Freshman All-America nod from The Sporting News. Playing for College Football Hall of Fame coach Terry Donahue, he also helped the Bruins win the Pac-10 title in 1993. Ogden's No. 79 jersey is one of eight to be retired by UCLA. A two-sport athlete, he earned two top-five finishes in shot-put at the NCAA Indoor Championships and also placed fourth in shot-put at the 1995 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The fourth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Ogden played 12 seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. He started 176-of-177 games; earned First Team All-Pro honors four times; and appeared in 11 Pro Bowls. Ogden helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XXXV.

He founded the Jonathan Ogden Foundation, which aims to assist inner-city students through athletics, and the foundation supported the NFF's Play It Smart program at Patterson HS in Baltimore for many years. The Henderson, Nev., resident also established the Ogden Club, which hires tutors to work with Baltimore City high schools, and in turn enlists high school athletes to tutor at local elementary schools. Ogden stages the Jonathan Ogden Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament, benefiting youths in Las Vegas and Baltimore.