April 20, 1996: Instead of addressing the need for a running back, the Ravens draft Ogden over troubled Lawrence Phillips. Ogden, the first pick in franchise history, wears a black-and-white Ravens cap because the team didn't have official colors nor a logo. "When Simeon [Rice] got picked third by Arizona, I started to think, maybe Baltimore wouldn't be that bad a place to play after all," Ogden said at the time.
Sept. 1, 1996: Because the Ravens start Tony Jones at left tackle, Ogden plays his entire rookie season at left guard. In his first NFL game, Ogden battled Oakland's 300-pounders Chester McGlockton, Nolan Harrison and Jerry Ball. "I probably didn't perform as high as my expectations," Ogden said. "But I'll take a win without giving up any sacks."
Dec. 1, 1996: In a 31-17 upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ogden delivers the biggest surprise with his first touchdown, a 1-yard catch from Vinny Testaverde. "I've made some great catches in practice," Ogden said. "I was just thinking, 'I'm wide-open, and I'd better not drop this ball.' I didn't even hear the crowd. I was just looking it in. I'm glad we won, but I'm also glad I got some stats."
Aug. 31, 1997: After the Ravens traded Tony Jones, Ogden returns to natural position at left tackle. He makes his first start at left tackle in a 28-27 loss against Jacksonville. "Considering it was my first game back out there, I thought I did a decent job," Ogden said. "It was harder coming into my first regular season as a guard last year. This is a different position, but I'm more prepared for the adjustments and the speed of the game than I was at this time last year."
Dec. 11, 1997: Ogden receives first Pro Bowl invitation after his first season as a starting left tackle. "This is my first Pro Bowl and I guess the first one is always special," he said. "I thought I was going to make it, but you never know how the voting goes."
Sept. 12, 1999: In a 27-10 loss at St. Louis, Ogden runs nearly the length of the field to catch St. Louis cornerback Taje Allen to prevent an interception-return touchdown. "Stuff happens out there," Ogden said. "I was blocking somebody, then I saw some dude catching and lateraling. I don't know how it all came to pass."
Oct. 3, 1999: In one of the scariest moments of his career, Ogden is carried off on a stretcher in the final minute of the first half. He suffers a cervical strain and severe neck burner diving for a fumble and leaves the Georgia Dome wearing a neck brace. But Ogden starts the next game.
Aug. 28, 2000: The Ravens make Ogden the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time, signing him to a six-year, $44 million extension that includes a $12 million signing bonus. "We consider Jonathan Ogden the best tackle in football today, and I think his future is extremely bright," Ravens owner Art Modell said. "Right now he is the best there is, and he may be the best ever to play."
Jan. 28, 2001: Ogden wins the only Super Bowl of his career, as the Ravens rout the New York Giants, 34-7. "I feel so great right now," he said. "I have had dreams of this day since I was a little kid."
Jan 13, 2002: Ogden helps the Ravens to rush for 226 yards, the most in team postseason history. The 20-3 playoff victory at Miami would be the last postseason win for Ogden.
Dec. 24, 2002: Former NFL players vote Ogden as the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Sept. 14, 2003: Ogden helps pave the way for Jamal Lewis to rush for a then-NFL record 295 yards. "That really was kind of like a college day," Ogden said. "Just to be part of it was spectacular. This is as close as we linemen get to the record books."
Nov. 9, 2003: Lining up as a tight end, Ogden catches his second career touchdown pass in a 33-22 loss at St. Louis. But he doesn't perform a big celebration. "I'm not jumping around like a fool," Ogden said. "I just gave my little Hulk Hogan pose and went back to the huddle. That's it."
Dec. 19, 2004: In perhaps his worst NFL game, Ogden allows Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney to beat him off the edge in a 20-10 loss. Freeney records two sacks and countless other pressures.
Dec. 19, 2005: Ogden starts his 150th career game in a 48-3 win over Green Bay. He does not allow a sack.
July 26, 2006: Ogden's father, Shirrel, dies of complications from open-heart surgery. Ogden misses the entire training camp.
Dec. 17, 2006: During the Ravens' stretch run for the AFC North title, Ogden hyperextends the big toe on his left foot in a 27-17 win against the Cleveland Browns. He would miss the final two regular-season games.
Jan. 13, 2007: Even though Ogden isn't at full strength because of turf toe, he limits Freeney to no tackles and one quarterback hit in a 15-6 playoff loss to Indianapolis. It is vindication for Ogden, who has had trouble with Freeney in the past.
Jan. 14, 2007: Ogden reveals for the first time that there is a 'possibility' he might retire. He hobbles out of the locker room because of the toe injury.
April 26, 2007: Ogden decides to return for another season. He refuses to say whether the 2007 season would be his last.
Sept. 10, 2007: Ogden aggravates the toe injury early in the second quarter of the season-opening loss in Cincinnati. He is inactive for the next five games.
Dec. 9, 2007: Before his second-to-last home game, Ogden says he is leaning toward retirement. "I'm most likely not going to be back," Ogden said.
Dec. 28, 2007: Ogden is elected to his 11th and final Pro Bowl. "Even though I was hurt ... I gave it everything I had," Ogden said. "Even after all these years, the validation this honor carries means a lot to me."
Dec. 30, 2007: In his final game -- a win over the Steelers -- Ogden brings his wife and his 2-year-old son Jayden onto the field, where he has pictures taken with them. Asked what he would say to fans, he said, "I would just say thank you for being out there, watching me. This city and me, we've grown together as a team, so I'm just grateful to have been a part of it."
June 11, 2008: Ogden tells the Ravens he is retiring after 12 seasons.
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